Have you ever noticed water stains on the walls adjacent to your chimney? These types of stains can be unsightly and even create mold or
mildew issues. You may be wondering, how do these stains on your wall appear? Well, the most likely scenario is that you might be experiencing issues with your chimney flashing. Most homeowners tend to focus on blocking water at obvious entry points such as chimney masonry and the chimney opening. However, if your chimney flashing is worn out or missing, it can be a conduit for water as well. At Leonard and Sons, we want your home to stay nice and dry. Our experienced team of chimney technicians will make sure your flashing is working correctly and fix any issues that you might have.
What does my chimney flashing do?
When your chimney was constructed, a hole was put in your roof for it to pass through. This hole was made larger than your chimney which allows for some wiggle room in case your chimney settles. Also, if your chimney gets hot, you do not want it pressing against your roof. Because of this, there is a gap in between your chimney and your roof. Your chimney flashing consists of a strip of metal that bridges this gap where your chimney intersects with your roof. If this gap isn’t covered, rainwater can flow down the outside of your chimney and into your home. This can lead to rotting framework, masonry damage, mold and mildew, as well as water stained walls.
Why does flashing go bad?
Your chimney flashing is located at an exposed location on the top of your roof. This means that it is under a constant barrage of rain, hail, sleet, and snow. In addition to this, your flashing may also be vulnerable to being tampered with by wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds. Because of these factors, it shouldn’t be surprising that your chimney flashing can become worn, damaged, or torn out, thus losing it effectiveness. Your flashing is especially vulnerable in the winter, so it is important to be on the lookout for moisture damage in the spring.
Leonard and Sons can help!
Chimney flashing can be hard to get at sometimes and unfortunately it is often overlooked by inexperienced or lazy chimney technicians. However, at Leonard and Sons, our technicians have all been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). A CSIA certification means that our chimney technicians have completed intensive training and have been tested on how to properly and safely inspect your chimney and roof. This also means that we have taken an oath to never take shortcuts and to complete all our work to your standards. This is why we are considered the Chicagoland’s best when it comes to inspecting and fixing chimney flashing.
You shouldn’t have to deal with water stains or rotting wood in your home. If you think that your chimney flashing is failing you, don’t hesitate to give Leonard and Sons a call at 847-658-7659 or check our online scheduling tool. With over 50 years in the chimney business, you can trust that our service is second to none.