If you own a fireplace, then you are well aware of the damage water can do to a chimney. The more moisture brick, mortar, and any other chimney part are exposed to, the more likely it is going to deteriorate, causing you a lot of issues down the line. This deterioration, along with rust, stains, cracks, and other forms of decay, is what causes chimneys to function inefficiently and eventually break down entirely.
Fortunately, chimney flashing can be installed to help prevent water from entering your chimney. Flashing is located at the base of the chimney and extends onto the roof, thus preventing water from entering and causing damage. Flashing consists of multiple metal sheets and proves to be an effective method for years on end.
SIGNS YOUR FLASHING NEEDS REPAIR
If you are wondering whether or not your chimney flashing needs to be repaired or replaced, then check out these more common signs that something may be wrong.
- Leaks: A leaky chimney is often a sign of flashing gone bad. If you are noticing excess water in your home or water-stained ceilings and walls, the chimney is likely the culprit behind it. Make your way to the roof as soon as possible and check everything over to see if things look out of shape.
- Dents or Separation: By simply checking your flashing over, you may notice some obvious signs of damage. If there are dents or separation occurring (typically caused by severe bad weather and storms), then it is clearly time to call in some professional help! The sooner you have everything fixed up, the sooner you will be able to rest easy, knowing your chimney is protected.
- Rust: Rust is a major issue with chimney flashing. If water is given the chance to settle in any part it, rust will form and eventually break down the material, leaving you with holes and countless problems. Rust can be prevented with proper installation, so call in an expert today.
While installing and repairing flashing yourself may seem like the best way to save some money, this is not recommended. Incorrectly installed flashing leads to a lot of issues and can cause parts to deteriorate at an increased rate. Save yourself time, money, and hassle down the road by investing in proper care right away.
At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch chimney care. By scheduling an annual inspection and cleaning with us, you can rest easy knowing you put your fireplace in the best hands around. If you fear your flashing is not working efficiently, give us a call and we will send one of our trained professionals to check out the situation.
If any damage is found, leave it to us! Our staff is trained on the proper procedures of chimney flashing installation, so you will be left with a protected chimney for years to come. Give us a call today – we look forward to working with you!