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Storm Damage Alert: Fixing Leaks and Lightning Strikes on Your Chimney and Fireplace

Recently Houston experienced a tornado, bringing with it heavy rains and powerful storms. As a result, many homeowners are now dealing with the aftermath, including leaks from their fireplaces and chimneys and even damage from lightning strikes. At Texas Family Chimney Care, we understand the importance of addressing these issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure your home's safety. In this blog, we'll discuss common problems caused by storms, how to identify and fix leaks, and what to do if your chimney has been struck by lightning.

Identifying Storm Chimney Damage

Storms, especially those as severe as a tornado, can cause significant damage to chimneys and fireplaces. It's crucial to inspect your chimney and fireplace thoroughly after such events.

Leaks and Water Damage

  • Heavy rains can cause water to seep into cracks and gaps in your chimney, leading to leaks. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity of your chimney and result in mold and mildew growth.

  • Look for signs of water damage such as damp walls, peeling paint, or water stains around your fireplace.

Lightning Strikes

  • A direct lightning strike can cause cracks in the chimney masonry, dislodge bricks, and even start fires. It's essential to inspect your chimney for visible cracks, missing bricks, or scorch marks.

Debris and Blockages

  • Tornadoes and storms can bring debris such as leaves, branches, and dirt into your chimney, causing blockages. These blockages can obstruct proper ventilation and increase the risk of fire.

Fixing Leaks and Water Damage

Leaks and water damage are common after heavy rains and storms. Here’s how to address them:

Inspect for Cracks and Gaps

  • Check your chimney for any visible cracks or gaps where water might be entering. Pay special attention to the chimney crown and flashing.

  • Our professional chimney inspection services can help identify and assess the extent of the damage.

Seal and Repair

  • Small cracks can be sealed with waterproof sealant. For more extensive damage, repointing or rebuilding parts of the chimney might be necessary.

  • We offer chimney repair services to fix any structural issues and prevent further water damage.

Install or Repair Flashing

  • Flashing is crucial for preventing water from seeping into the joints where the chimney meets the roof. Ensure your flashing is intact and properly installed.

  • Learn more about our waterproofing insights.

Waterproof Your Chimney

  • Applying a waterproofing sealant can help protect your chimney from future storms. This sealant prevents water from penetrating the masonry while allowing any trapped moisture to escape.

  • Our waterproofing services provide long-term protection against water damage.

Addressing Lightning Strikes