The chimney is an important part of your Indianapolis home, but you are unlikely to notice it until something goes wrong. The chimney is meant to guide smoke and other chemicals out of your home while also protecting you from the elements so that you can enjoy your fireplace. However, the chimney is susceptible to damage over time, and chimney damage may eventually cause a leak in your home.  A leaking chimney does the opposite and is a sign of major problems. In this post, we will explain the best way to fix a leaky chimney. 

Inspect the Leak 

Before you can attempt to resolve any leak, you must first determine where the leak is coming from. Carefully examine the chimney to assess where and how water is entering. Some of the most common causes of chimney leak include:

  • A damaged or missing chimney cap 
  • Broken chimney crown 
  • Damaged mortar or bricks 
  • Poorly sealed chimney flashing 
  • Missing chimney cricket
  • Condensation from improper chimney lining


Once you find the cause of the chimney leak, you must repair the issue. What the repair entails depends entirely on the cause of the leak. For example, if a damaged or missing chimney cap is the issue, you can simply replace the chimney cap. On the other hand, if damaged mortar or bricks is the culprit, the repair may be much more complicated. 

Turn to a Professional 

While you could attempt to solve your leaky chimney yourself, it is a much better idea to trust a knowledgeable professional. Without the necessary knowledge and equipment, you will have a very difficult time accurately assessing your chimney and performing any necessary repairs. In the end, you can end up damaging your chimney more or spending time and money to still end up with a leaking chimney. Instead, you should always turn to a professional for chimney repairs. 
The Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis are here to help you resolve your chimney leak. Our skilled technicians have the tools and educations to properly assess your chimney for the cause of the leak. After determining the reason for the leak, we will determine the best repair plan possible. Our dedicated team will then handle any chimney repairs necessary and ensure that they put your leak to a halt. From then on out, you can always turn to Brick + Ember Outfitters for your annual chimney sweep and inspection and all of your other chimney repairs. To learn more about our chimney services or to schedule your appointment, contact us HERE.