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Water Leaks on Prefabricated Chimneys

Unlike Masonry Chimneys, Prefabricated chimney components are made of thin sheet metal and are very susceptible to rusting. Left unchecked, water damage often causes your fireplace or stove to become damaged beyond repair requiring a total replacement of the entire system! For this reason, it is imperative that water is not allowed to collect or infiltrate where it doesn’t belong!

The following are the most common types of water leakage problems we see on prefabricated, factory-built chimney systems. If your chimney system has any of these problems, you’ll want to have it corrected as soon as possible to avoid unsafe conditions or avoidable expensive repairs in the future.

Chimney Cap Issues

Damaged Rain Cap on Chimney - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesDamaged chimney rain cap.

Chimney without Rain Cap - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesMissing chimney rain cap.

Chase Pan Cover Issues

Ponding Water on Chimney Chase Pan - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesPonding water on chase pan cover.

Completely Rusted Chimney Chase Pan Cover - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesChase pan cover rusted through.

Chimney Chase Pan Cover Nail Damage - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesChase pan cover penetrated with nails or screws.

Incorrectly Constructed & Rusted Chimney Chase Pan Cover - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesChase pan cover rusted and incorrectly pieced together.

Wood Rot on Incorrectly Sized Chimney Chase Cover - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesWood rot due to an incorrectly sized chase pan cover.

Storm Collar Issues

Storm Collar is Missing - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesStorm collar missing.

Uncaulked Storm Collar Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesStorm collar not caulked.

Irregular Height on Storm Collar - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesThis storm collar has been installed too high.

Signs of Water Leaks

Upper Fireplace Ventilation Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesA peek between the upper fireplace ventilation louvers will often reveal water marks if a leak above is present.

Water Damage Stains Inside Firebox - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney Services Visible water stains inside the firebox are also strong indicators that the sheet metal firebox is on its way to becoming rusted out.

Rusted Fireplace & Chimney System Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesWhen this happens, the entire fireplace and chimney pipe will need to be replaced.

Excessive Rust Damage in Chimney System - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesExtensive rust damage.

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