A damp chimney can often be a sign of a bigger issue that can quickly get out of control if not immediately remedied.

Whether from rain water or melting snow, water in your chimney can contribute to mold growth that can cause poor air quality, and weaken the structure over time, creating safety hazards in the future.

But there are ways to keep water out of your chimney, mitigating these potential issues, including:

– Immediately fixing any roof leaks that could allow water into your home and your chimney, specifically any leaks caused by weakened chimney flashing.

– Sealing the outside of your chimney with a waterproofing agent that can slow the penetration of water into the chimney through porous mortar.

– Having a professional chimney cleaning service — like Rooftop Chimney — install a chimney cap to prevent water and moisture from entering the chimney. (If your chimney cap is broken and allowing water in your chimney, we can perform chimney cap repair.)

– Filling any cracks in the mortar of your chimney. These cracks can allow in water, and will gradually grow, allowing more and more water through every passing year. It’s best to fill these cracks quickly to ensure they don’t contribute to mold or weaken the chimney structure.

Rooftop Chimney can assist you to alleviate water and dampness in your chimney, helping keep your home free of mold or structural issues with your chimney. We can seal you chimney, fill in cracks in your mortar, install or repair a chimney cap, and more.

Furthermore, we can thoroughly clean and inspect your chimney to make sure your fireplace is operating at peak efficiency. Whether you live in Washington, D.C., or McLean, we can provide you with the fireplace services you need.

For more information on how to keep your chimney dry, contact us today.

Dylan Raycroft

Dylan believes that businesses can be a powerful force for change in the world, and with his company, Rooftop Chimney Sweeps, has put forth a vision for redefining the home services industry away from merely an exchange of products and services to a consumer experience focused industry. Since taking over as president in 2015, Dylan has worked tirelessly to turn a four decade long tradition of putting people first into a scalable enterprise designed to deliver that experience to millions of people. Dylan believes that leadership starts with service and tries to lead his teams by example every day.