Chimneys are quite well known for leaking and most commonly, the leakage is because of the metal of sheet flashing. If this does happen, then you will need chimney flashing repair. Identifying this problem is quite easy, as all you would need to do is to just be on the lookout for water stained ceilings or any other signs that might prove that there is a leak in or around your chimney.
What is chimney flashing?
Chimney flashing is basically what prevents the water from entering the particular point where the roof and the chimney meet. Most commonly, the step flashing is present along the corners of the stack of the chimney. Leaks often start to occur when the flashing starts to fail. A damaged flashing can easily be patched or cemented, but, this is also a hint that your roof might need replacement earlier than you thought. However, keep in mind that before you start any project on your roof, it is vital that you wear all of the gear like protective gloves, shoes, safety harness and a belt for tools.
Chimney flashing repair:
Each chimney is different from the next one, hence, the installation of the chimney flashing is most commonly a customized project. In many of the cases, the chimney is not attached with the frame of the residence. Consequently, when a shift in the house occurs, the chimney becomes a primary contributor of leaks. On the other hand, the chimney flashing might also need to be replaced in such cases where it has rusted throughout, it has gone missing, is completely covered with tar or also when the shingles need to be changed or replaced.
How chimney flashing repair works:
Roof flashing that is present around the chimneys easily separate from the bricks which allows the rainwater to leak into the interior of the house which can lead to excessive damage and more money loss. For this reason, it is important that you get your flashing repaired as soon as possible by contacting the company. The company will repair the chimney flashing by first cleaning the leaves and the debris that is there in the gap between the chimney and the flashing. Then, the repairman will make use of a chisel in order to remove any of the hardened cement that had been previously used for roofing.
Next, he will apply a good amount of cement that is used for roofing on the backside of the chimney flashing. Then, he will have to use screws or masonry nails in order to attach the flashing again in a tight manner against your chimney. Next, he will cover any of the exposed screw heads or nails with the help of cement that is used for roofing. He will also apply the same roofing cement on the joint which will be between the brick and the flashing. Finally, he will smooth out the roofing cement ether by using a putty knife or by using a paint stirrer.