Chimney leaks are common issues, particularly in older homes and in homes with masonry chimneys. Leaks can originate in many different areas of the chimney and seep down into the structure of the home, causing structural issues, mold growth, and more. If your chimney has a leak, this is what you should know about the cost of repair work.
Average Prices of Chimney Repair Work
HomeAdvisor routinely compiles information from over 4,000 homeowner members to provide insights into the average prices for common home projects, including fireplace repair. According to 2017 averages across the country, homeowners may spend anywhere from $85 to $1,600 on fireplace repair work of all kinds.
Water leak repairs along the roofline and chimney crown repair can cost anywhere from $150 to $350 on average. While these prices offer a reliable baseline, every repair project is different. The amount of damage, the location of the damage, and the option chosen will all impact the overall price of chimney leak repairs.
For example, many older chimneys (and some new ones) don’t have the appropriate waterproofing treatments to ward off common causes of leaks. In addition to repairing the structure of the chimney, many homeowners choose to invest in upgrades that will support the performance of a chimney for years to come. At Able Roof, we frequently recommend our siloxane waterproofing treatment. The solution penetrates masonry chimneys to create a seamless, invisible, and durable water barrier.
Hidden Costs of Chimney Leak Repair
While some chimney repair companies do throw hidden fees into their charges, we’re talking about another kind of hidden cost. Chimney leaks are not always what they seem.
Some symptoms, such as water stains on ceilings and walls near a chimney, are not from the chimney itself but the roof. Leaks can travel a couple dozen feet from the origination point to the water stain, misdirecting homeowners from the true source of the problem.
If a roofing specialist cannot find the source of the leak along the chimney’s crown, flashing, or structure, he or she may look elsewhere. A roof leak can completely change the scope of the project and the price. When you see tell-tale signs of a leak, remember that leaks travel.
How Long Should My Chimney Last?
One of the most common questions homeowners ask about chimney leaks is how long their chimney should last or should have lasted. Chimney structures can last anywhere from 15 to more than 100 years. The level of skill used during construction, the materials, and the conditions/environment all factor into longevity. In our experience, chimney crowns tend to crack and leak at a faster rate than the structure itself and the surrounding flashing. The good news is that chimney crowns are easy fixes, assuming the leak has not caused serious structural damage.
Your Source for Chimney Leak Repair
Able Roof started as a chimney sweeping business back in the 1980s. We know chimneys and the right ways to fix them. If you see the symptoms of a chimney or roof leak in your home, contact the professionals.