Fireplace leaks

Water leaking into a fireplace chimney is a nuisance. Water should not leak into your fireplace. If it does, first be sure you have a chimney cap to keep water from running freely down the flue.

Best time for chimney repairs

Contributing Author

Homeowners are told that the fall and winter months are not suitable for some chimney repairs and they should have this work done in the summer when the weather is better.  There are several good reasons for homeowners to act right now to get those chimney services performed before the good weather goes away!

A chimney without a cap

Golden's Chimney Lining

Imagine how much water would come into your home during a rainstorm if you had a hole in your roof twelve inches square. Chimney flues may be even larger than that, so where does all that water go? It runs down the chimney and seeps into the bricks and mortar, settling behind the firebricks.

Smoky woodstove: smoky on wet days in other rooms

Todd Woofenden

Some stoves seem to work just fine except when it is wet out. If this seems to be the case, pay close attention to the weather when you have smoking problems. It is easy to confuse wind-related problems with rain-related problems.

Fireplace stains

Todd Woofenden

A fireplace with white stains or black stains is unsightly. Sometimes this is caused by water; other times, by smoke. Tips for cleaning your fireplace.

Smoke Signals: Have a question about your chimney?