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Leaky Fireplace Repair

Leaky Fireplaces Cause Damage

leaky fireplaceDo you have a leaky fireplace? If so, contact the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services. We know how annoying water leaks can be especially if they are located in the fireplace. Most leaks are caused by foundation failure or inadequate waterproofing. At Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services, we can inspect your home’s exterior to look for signs of foundation issues and identify the source of your water leaks.

Sometimes, leaky fireplaces are a result of foundation settlement. Other times, they are caused by water going straight into the chimney from the top. As a result, the chimney may lean, tilt or pull away from the home. You may also notice pooling water in your fireplace.

Other causes of fireplace leaks may be caused by the following:

Cracks in the Chimney Crown: Excess water or foundation settlement can deteriorate your chimney crown, causing cracks over time.
Cracks in the Chimney’s Brickwork: Water can enter the fireplace from cracks in the brick chimney. Settling or sinking foundations causes the chimney to pull away from the home.
Leaky Bricks: Since bricks and mortar absorb large amounts of water, the freezing and thawing process damages the bricks over time.
Dislodged Flashing: Leaning or chimneys pulling away from the home are caused by dislodged chimneys. As a result, water can seep through the roof and around the chimney or fireplace.
Leaks in Other Places: Sometimes, leaks can start in attics or above the ceiling, but finds its way into the chimney or fireplace.

If have a leaky fireplace, let the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services inspect your chimney so you can avoid further damage. These signs indicate foundation issues that need immediate attention.

If your leaky fireplace is caused by foundation issues, then your home may show additional signs of foundation failure such as:

  • Misaligned doors and windows
  • Floor cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Slab cracks
  • Crumbling, flaking or chipping foundation
  • Bowing walls
  • Leaning walls
  • Water puddles in and around the home

If your home has any of these signs, then contact the professionals to assess your damages. We’ll determine the best foundation repair solution for your home in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

Leaky Fireplace Repair Solutions in Pennsylvania

If your leaky fireplace or chimney is caused by settlement, we offer foundation repair solutions for your home. Helical piers are screwed into the ground under your foundation to support the weight of the structure while raising the foundation back to its original position. This method is used to help get your home back to normal.

Since excess water deteriorates your fireplace and chimney, we offer exterior and surface drainage solutions. These methods are designed to stop pooling water around your foundation and around the chimney. Without proper waterproofing, your home’s structure may become weak and cause cracks throughout the home. An adequate surface drainage system eliminates pooling water in your yard and guards your foundation from settlement issues. Our exterior drainage system also controls the flow of water by redirecting it away from the foundation.

If you have a leaky fireplace or chimney, contact the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services. We offer effective foundation repair and waterproofing methods to protect your home for many years to come. We serve the Pittsburgh, PA area, so contact us today for a free estimate.