Have you ever gone outside and taken a good look at your house? What do you notice? Is it the beautifully manicured lawn or the neatly trimmed hedges? Or if it’s winter, is it the gentle stream of smoke rising steadily from the chimney? Maybe you have loose gutters, or shingles that instantly draw your attention. Whatever it is that you notice first, the sight of your home should make you happy. After all, you spend a lot of time there, and you want to make sure you are aware of needed repairs so  you know when it’s time to call the experts.

FlashingThe purpose of chimney flashing

If you look closely at your roof, you might see the sunlight glinting off some bright, shiny metal strips, right at the base of your chimney. Have you ever wondered what those strips are called and what their purpose is? Those strips are called the flashing, and they play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. The line where the chimney meets the roof is especially susceptible to leakage because it’s hard to get a complete seal where two foreign materials meet. That’s why the flashing is such an ingenious idea. The strips that make up the flashing are rust resistant, and they are layered in a way that makes it very difficult for a stream of water to get through. In fact, there are several layers of flashing which makes it more water resistant. This is great because water damage to your home can cause many problems.

Problems Caused by a Leaky Chimney

Water damage can cause several problems for homeowners. It can cause your dampers to rust, which means that there will not be a good seal to keep the cold air from entering your home when your fireplace is not in use. Although not as serious, it can cause your fireplace tools to rust as well. It can also cause interior damage to the walls and ceiling of your home. If you notice that your ceiling has brown stains or that the walls are soft and perhaps even a bit bulgy, it could very well be that leaks are occurring. Water can cause the mortar of your chimney to deteriorate and decay, and this could eventually lead to an unstable chimney structure. All of these could cause dangerous structural damage and could end up costing you a lot of money.

Who to Call

If you have noticed signs that there is a leak, it could be that your chimney flashing is loose or torn. This is an easy fix, but one that you’ll want to trust the professionals at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. We can get on your roof in a hurry and make sure that the flashing is installed correctly. Don’t trust this job to just anyone. Let Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair take care of your flashing and all your chimney inspection and repair needs as well.