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Your Leaking Roof may need a Chimney Sweep!

When homeowners find water leaking onto their ceilings and walls, their first reaction is often to call a roofer. However, the source of the leaking may be coming from your chimney, not the roof!

Oftentimes homeowners with suspected leaky roofs will spend thousands of dollars on new roofs or shingles – only to discover that the leaks are still occurring. When this is the case, the roof isn’t the culprit – the chimney is!

Leaky chimneys can sometimes mimic the same symptoms as a leaky roof, which makes it difficult to determine whether it is the chimney or the roof that is leaking. This is especially true when the water entry occurs in areas surrounding the chimney. Calling a chimney sweep may help you save thousands of dollars by identifying the leak as a chimney issue, not a roof issue.


Causes of a leaky chimney

Figuring out what is causing a chimney to leak can sometimes be a difficult process. When water is present in the flue or firebox, the solution is easy – it is typically from an uncapped chimney. If water appears on the ceilings and walls, however, the source of the leak can be much more difficult to find. Below are some of the most common causes of chimney leaks that could be disguising themselves as a leaky roof.

Flashing: Flashing is the material used to seal the gap between the roof and the chimney. Improperly installed, damaged, or deteriorating flashing is often the cause of chimney leaks. Because the flashing connects the roof to the chimney, leaks caused by defective flashing may mimic those of a leaky roof: water in the attic or on ceilings or walls. Likewise, leaky flashing can also cause damage to your roof by allowing water to pool underneath the shingles.

Chimney crown: The chimney crown is the masonry slab that covers and seals the top of the chimney. More so than any part of the chimney, the chimney crown is constantly exposed to the elements. Because of this, the crown may deteriorate more quickly than other parts of the chimney, especially when improperly constructed. Likewise, because the chimney crown cannot be seen from street level, damage may not be noticed until water has begun leaking in your home.

Masonry: While masonry is built to withstand the elements, water can be an extremely damaging force. Over time, water can cause extensive masonry damage, especially when left unrepaired or unchecked. Mortar joints are particularly susceptible to water damage; if deteriorated, the masonry joints may also let water in to damage the surrounding bricks as well as the underlying building materials.

Repairing a leaky chimney

If a leaky chimney has caused water damage in your home, you may be eager to repair the damage as soon as possible. Repairing the water damage without finding the source of the leaking, however, is often a futile exercise. If the source of the leak is not found and repaired first, the water damage will continue to come back. By identifying the source of the leak – whether it is the fault of the chimney or the roof – and having it repaired, you can rest assured that your home will be safe against further future water damage.

If you’re experiencing leaking on the walls and ceilings around your chimney, don’t immediately call a roofer – your chimney may be to blame! Contact the expert at Pristine Sweeps today to have your chimney professionally evaluated for signs of leaking or water damage.

The Great City of Seattle

Here at Pristine Sweeps, we love the great city of Seattle! Our founder Aaron Woodward was born here, and our company was started and continues to grow here. Unlike other seasonal companies, we both live and work in the communities that we serve. We love helping our friends and neighbors keep their fireplaces and chimneys in excellent and safe condition!

The Pacific Northwest is known for its unique weather – specifically the rain! Because we are from the Seattle area, you can trust our certified chimney sweeps to understand the unique challenges facing fireplaces, chimneys, and other masonry structures in this part of the country. Don’t just let anyone work on your chimney; trust the local experts at Pristine Sweeps!


About us

Founded in 2008 by Seattle native Aaron Woodward, Pristine Sweeps is proud to have cleaned over 2000 chimneys in the Seattle area! Our mission statement is “To provide superior service and ensure safety through our knowledge, education & integrity.” We do our best to live up to our mission statement by providing our customers with exceptional service no matter how big or how small the job is. Likewise, we take the time to help homeowners understand what is going on with their chimney systems, helping them become more informed consumers.

Our services

At Pristine Sweeps, we are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of fireplace and chimney services. Whether you need a routine chimney sweeping, a major fireplace repair, or anything in between, Pristine Sweeps is the company for you.

In addition to our fireplace, chimney, and masonry services, we also sell and install a variety of stoves and inserts. By buying your new heating appliance from a true fireplace company, you can rest assured that you are getting the best appliance to fit your family’s home and heating needs. Additionally, we also offer dryer vent services, we can improve your dryer’s performance and help prevent dryer fire.

Why choose Pristine Sweeps

We know that choosing a chimney sweep company can be difficult, especially in an area as large as Seattle. However, we are confident that Pristine Sweeps can provide you with the best chimney and fireplaces services in the Pacific Northwest!

One thing that sets Pristine Sweeps apart from our competitors is our dedication to continuing education. We are one of the only chimney companies in the area to belong to the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) as well as attend the five day National Chimney Sweep Convention every year. Likewise, we also employ one of the area’s few Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweeps. These memberships and certifications ensure that our technicians are up to date on the latest developments in safety and technology in the fireplace industry.

We love the great city of Seattle and are proud to be a part of this community. Because our certified chimney sweeps both live and work in the area, we are well versed in the unique challenges facing chimneys and fireplaces in the Pacific Northwest. To use a local company that prides itself on high quality workmanship and customer service, contact Pristine Sweeps today to schedule an appointment!