When the weather outside is frightful, it’s tempting to fire up the old log in the fireplace and enjoy a toasty evening by the hearth. But before you do, it’s a good idea to make sure your fireplace is safe to use this season. A leaking chimney is a danger to your home and family if left unrepaired.

Our professional home improvement contractors at The Construction Group in Woodbury offer roofing repair services including chimney repair. In this post, we’ll share a few signs your chimney could be leaking. Contact our team if you’re in need of chimney repair today.

Signs of a Chimney Leak

If your chimney is leaking, you may already be seeing signs and not realize it. One sign that your chimney could be leaking is damage to the wallpaper or walls near your fireplace. If the paint or wallpaper is damaged or peeling with no clear cause, this could be why. Ultimately, it will take an expert to determine if you have a chimney leak and if so, the extent of it. We’ll check out your roof and evaluate the condition of your roof and fireplace. If you see any of the signs listed below, give us a call.

1.      Visible Rust- Anytime you have signs of rust near your flue or damper, these are pretty clear signs you’ve got a leak. This leak can cause the metal to rust inside your chimney, creating a serious fire hazard if the damper ceases to function the way it’s supposed to.

2.      Eroded Masonry

Water infiltrating your masonry can wear down seals, causing your stones or bricks to deteriorate over time. Crumbling stones and bricks near the chimney and fireplace typically indicate a chimney leak. This condition is called spalling, and our experts are usually able to identify it right away.

3.      Damage to the Flue

Your flue pipe needs a proper seal to remain fireproof. Without it, your chimney becomes an immediate fire hazard. If there are signs of flue liner tiling at the chimney base, this will render your fireplace inoperable. However, we can reinforce your chimney by installing a new liner.

Twin Cities Chimney and Roofing Repair

At The Construction Group in Minnesota, we offer chimney restoration and roofing repair to get your fireplace working safely so you can stay warm all winter long. Don’t take a chance by allowing your home to become a fire hazard. We can restore your chimney and roof lining, flashing systems, brick and mortar, or waterproofing. We also offer complete chimney replacement and roofing replacement if needed.

Call our certified, licensed, and insured chimney repair team to have your chimney’s condition evaluated before you light the first fire of the season. Connect with a member of our team at The Construction Group at 651-731-5857 or contact us to schedule your free quote.