A recent customer had us out to inspect his chimney after he had discoverd a leak. As our certified technicians arrived to assess the chimney leak they inspected the exterior of the chimney as well as the interior to be sure to look for any ways of water entry. While inspecting they found a couple areas that were suspect to causing the chimney leak. The first area of concern was the crown. When a crown is cracked water can enter through the cracks. Our technicians also found several gaps in the mortar jonts. Lastly they found that the water heater was venting into the chimney all by itself. This can produce a lot of moisture on the inside of the chimney and rot the brickwork. Aftering reviewing the recommended repairs that our technicians provided to resolve the chimney leak, the customer decided to have us pour a new crown, tuckpoint the gaps in the mortar joints, install a new stainless steel liner to the water heater, and apply moisture protection to the brickwork. Not only are these repairs going to prevent moisture entry they will also protect the chimney as a whole.
Before we repoured the crown there was not an overhaging edge to protect the brickwork. We also installed a cap to address the chimney leak concern.
After we poured a new crown there is now an overhanging edge that will help protect the brickwork and installed a cap to help address the water leak concern