Ask Roofstar: Why Does My Chimney Leak When It Rains?

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In this edition of Ask Roofstar, we’re discussing everything you need to know about a leaky chimney. The ultimate question: Why does my chimney leak when it rains? 

You’re not alone if you’ve been dealing with chimney leaks after or during a rainstorm. Chimney leaks are one of the most common roofing issues during Arizona’s monsoon season. If you’re wondering why heavy rain causes chimney leaks and what you can do about it, keep reading to learn more. 

The Likely Answer: Chimney Damage

Most leaks are linked to some sort of damage to your home. In this case, roof or chimney damage is the most likely cause of a leaky chimney. Your chimney is exposed to natural elements like wind, rain, and sun. Over time, that exposure can damage parts of your chimney and result in leaks. There also could be damage to your chimney’s lining or crown.

Another possible cause of chimney leaks is damage to the part of your roof surrounding your chimney. Leaks in your roof can seem like chimney leaks if they’re close to your chimney. 

Do Chimneys Leak In Heavy Rain?

Heavy rain can lead to leaks in your chimney. However, the heavy rain isn’t usually what causes the leak. Instead, wear and tear over time tends to damage your chimney or roof. When it rains heavily, rain is more likely to find its way into the weak points of your chimney and leak into it. 

How Do You Fix A Leaky Chimney?

Fixing your leaky chimney isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your chimney may be leaking for a number of reasons. It’s always best to have a professional roofing contractor perform an inspection on your roof and chimney to help determine the cause of the problem. 

It’s also better to hire a professional because of the heavy repairs that chimney leaks require. Damage to your roof or chimney should always be repaired by a professional roofer. 

How Do I Protect My Chimney From Rain?

There are two main ways you can protect your chimney from rain.

  • Chimney Crown: This built-in mechanism keeps rain out of your chimney and prevents leaks. The crown functions similarly to gutters for your roof – it’s slanted to collect rainwater and guide it away from your chimney. 
  • Chimney Caps and Case Covers: Both work to cover your chimney in a way that prevents rain from entering but still allows fire smoke and air to escape. 

Repair Your Leaky Chimney 

Are you worried about your leaky chimney? It might be time for a roof inspection. 

Roofstar Arizona is a team of professional roof repair and replacement contractors in Mesa, Arizona. More than just a contractor, Roofstar Arizona has years of experience assisting clients in the Phoenix-Mesa area with their roofing problems, like chimney leaks. We will never sell you something you don’t need. 

Give us a call today at (480) 426-1915 to schedule an inspection and get a free roofing estimate, where one of our team members will tell you the truth about your roof.

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