Water leaks are a common occurrence that virtually every homeowner will experience at some point. The key to resolving the issue is to uncover the source of the leaks and repair it as quickly as possible. Chimney leaks are often confused with a roof leak but the main difference with a leaky chimney is water stains on the ceiling and walls around the fireplace. It is usually the result of defective or damaged flashing. Although a chimney leak is quite common, it can become a potentially dangerous issue that can result in wood rot, mold, and masonry damage, if ignored.
Chimney flashing is a thin sheet of metal that connects the edge of the chimney to the roofline with an water tight seal. When the flashing is improperly installed, warped, or damaged, water will leak inside the exposed seam between the chimney and roof.
Flashings are generally manufactured from stainless or galvanized steel or copper. Since the type of flashing used is often dependent on the contractor, it is best to use an experienced chimney repair company to complete chimney flashing repairs and installations. If our techs find defects they will recommend repairing or replacing the chimney flashing.
If water is leaking near the chimney, there is a good chance that it may be the chimney flashing. This can be confirmed with a professional chimney inspection. Also, if you notice that the area around the fireplace is always wet after it rains, the chimney flashing may be the culprit. Damaged flashing may also cause water stains in the attic. Since damaged flashing can also cause roof damage, it is best to consult with a chimney professional for immediate repair.
Several issues could cause problems with the flashing, including:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends all homeowners have annual chimney inspections. It’s an excellent way to avoid chimney flashing problems. Our chimney inspection always includes the flashing along with the entire chimney system. If the problem is with the flashing, our experts will make the necessary repairs or replacement. Periodically inspecting the flashing and your chimney can uncover potential issues before a leak damages your chimney and roof.
Our chimney professionals will provide recommendations if you need chimney flashing repair, or replacement. If you think you may have a leaky chimney, call the chimneys professionals at Advanced Chimney Sweep to schedule an inspection.
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