We recently visited this customers home, to inspect the chimney and fireplace for needed repairs. This chimney is cracked, loose and crumbling due to extensive saturation decay to the brick masonry cells. During saturation, this chimney has gone through extensive expansion and contraction during freezing temperatures. These cracks can cause a leak into your home. This chimney needs to be rebuilt from the roof line up.
This chimney does not have a sufficient chimney cap. With no chimney cap your chimney is open to the elements and will deteriorate much faster due to Pacific Northwest saturation decay. A proper chimney cap is one that shelters and protects the entire masonry crown footprint and termination, with a screen to keep out pests and debris.
When rebuilt, this chimney will need a proper cap and a water seal treatment applied to maintain its repaired state. A masonry chimney is a clay porous structure that absorbs water and becomes saturated in the PNW climate. In this saturated state, masonry decay is accelerated. It is regular exterior building maintenance to apply a water sealant to any masonry structure every 10 years. With this water seal application and the recommended repairs, we guarantee no leaking to occur.
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