Water seepage and leaks can be a huge problem for homeowners in the Atlanta, GA area. One area that can develop these troublesome leaks is the fireplace. Fireplace leaks can create serious structural and moisture problems throughout the home. These leaks may develop from foundation problems, or from poor waterproofing. It is important to have any leaks in your fireplace fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. The longer you leave these issues alone, the more complicated and expensive the necessary repairs will become. Fortunately, Atlas Piers of Atlanta, GA has a variety of solutions that will help take care of your fireplace leaks today.
The first step to fixing leaks in your fireplace is to determine what is causing the leaks. The most common causes of fireplace leaks include:
- Cracks in Chimney Crown: These cracks, normally caused by deterioration from age or from excess moisture breaking down the crown. Cracks in the crown of your chimney can also be caused by a foundation problem under the base of the chimney.
- Cracks in Chimney Bricks: Water can also enter your fireplace through cracks in the bricks or masonry on the chimney. Cracks in these bricks, especially large horizontal cracks, are often caused by a settling, sinking, or heaving foundation under the chimney. This settlement can also cause the chimney to pull away from the home, leading to brick cracks and water leakage.
- Dislodged Flashing: When the flashing around the roof of the chimney becomes dislodged, rainwater can leak in and cause serious moisture issues in your chimney and the roof around your chimney. Dislodged flashing is usually the result of the chimney leaning or pulling away from the home, a side-effect of foundation settlement or shifting.
Because many fireplace leaks are caused by a foundation problem, it is important to regularly examine your home for signs of foundation failure, such as bowing or leaning walls, foundation cracks, wall cracks, sticking doors or windows, sloped floors, or water seepage. If you see any of these issues in your home, contact the foundation repair experts at Atlas Piers.
Fireplace Leak Solutions in Atlanta, GA
In order to fix the fireplace leaks in your Atlanta home, the underlying foundation problem must first be fixed. Settling and sinking foundations can be repaired in a number of ways, using underpinning services from Atlas Piers. We can install helical piers or steel push piers to support and lift the foundation, closing cracks and sealing fireplace leaks. These piers install deep underground in the stable soils to offer stability to the sinking foundation.
Another solution is pressure grouting. In this method, a cement based grout is injected beneath the foundation to fill voids and lift the slab. This grout compacts the soil under the foundation to create a solid base. Helical tiebacks, large screw like devices that anchor laterally into the ground, can be used to straighten foundation walls and pull a shifting foundation back into position.
If you are in need of a repair option for fireplace leaks, contact us for more information today!