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Fireplace Leaks

Leaks in your home are always a big deal. But one area of the home in which leaks are particularly troublesome is the fireplace. Normally, these leaks are caused by poor home waterproofing, or by a foundation problem that has caused cracks to form in the chimney. If you have fireplace leaks in your home, it could lead to various water-related issues, such as water stains and mold or mildew growth. For some effective and affordable solutions to the fireplace leaks in your Tennessee home, contact the repair professionals at Ground Up Builders Inc. as soon as possible.

Fireplace leaks can cause several serious issues throughout your home, including: mold and mildew, brick and masonry problems, chimney problems, foundation crumbling, sheetrock and mortar problems, water stains, and water seepage. Although fireplace leaks may seem difficult and complicated to repair, we offer several foundation repair and waterproofing options to take care of your leaky fireplace in no time. before you decide on a repair option, however, you need to determine the cause of your leaky fireplace. Common causes of fireplace leaks and their symptoms are:

  • Cracks in Chimney Bricks: Cracks in the brick or masonry of the chimney can create an entry point for water into your fireplace. These cracks are usually caused by the foundation under the chimney beginning to settle or sink.
  • Cracks in Chimney Crown: Cracks in the crown of the chimney may be caused by deterioration from excess water, or by age. These cracks, which allow water to enter the fireplace, can also be caused by foundation failure.
  • Dislodged Flashing: If the chimney on your home starts to lean or pull away from the home, the flashing on the roof may become dislodged. This can lead to water leakage through the roof around the chimney.
  • Gaps Between Chimney and Siding: Gaps between the siding and the chimney are usually the result of the chimney pulling away from the home, or leaning. These gaps may allow water to leak into your fireplace.

Whatever the cause of your fireplace leaks, it is important to have them fixed right away. The repair experts at Ground Up provide the necessary services to take care of your leaking fireplace right away.

Leaking Fireplace Solutions in Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN

To fix fireplace leaks that are caused by a foundation problem that is resulting in cracked or leaning chimneys, the best solution is underpinning. This is a process in which foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers are installed beneath the foundation to provide support and lift. These piers anchor deep into the load bearing soils underground to stabilize the foundation while supporting the weight of the structure. Although both types of piers perform the same type of repair, they work a bit differently; helical piers are screwed into the ground, while steel piers are driven into the ground.

Surface drainage and proper exterior waterproofing and drainage can also help. Surface drainage will keep water from pooling around the foundation and causing the foundation to crack or crumble. Exterior drainage systems and waterproofing methods also divert water from the foundation, leading to a more stable chimney that is less likely to develop cracks and cause fireplace leaks.

Contact the repair experts at Ground Up Builders Inc. today for a solution to take care of the fireplace leaks in your Tennessee home.

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