Having your chimney flashing checked should be a part of your annual chimney inspection. Properly working flashing goes a long way in keeping your chimney in proper working order and in keeping moisture out of your home. We will discuss what chimney flashing does, signs that you might need your flashing repaired or replaced, and what repairs entail. At Boston’s Best Chimney, we are your one stop chimney company specializing in every aspect of chimney maintenance and repair. Click here or call (781) 893-6611 to contact us about your chimney needs.
What is Chimney Flashing?
Chimney flashing is most often made of rubber, aluminum, copper, steel, or lead and is located at the point where the chimney meets the roof. It is essential for chimney flashing to work well because its purpose is to protect your roof, chimney, and home interior from water. Read more about how a chimney works to understand the different features of this important part of your house.
Signs that Your Chimney Flashing Needs Repairing
Here are some signs that your chimney flashing may need to be repaired:
- Moisture stains on the walls closest to your chimney
- Musty smells coming from your chimney, especially after it rains
- Drops of water within your chimney
- Firebox condensation
Check out our full guide on detecting chimney leaks to keep your home safe from water.
Getting Your Chimney Flashing Repaired or Replaced
When a chimney is leaking, the chimney flashing is one of the first areas that we check. We begin by assessing the flashing for any breaks or voids. In some cases, the chimney flashing is not correctly attached, which lets rainwater and other elements enter the home and cause damage. Often, the caulking around the chimney flashing needs to be re-done. In those cases, we apply Flashseal, a long-lasting sealant. In other cases, we have to install entirely new flashing.
Depending on the situation, flashing repair can be simple, or sometimes, it requires more extensive work.,. Either way, it is best to hire a professional to take care of your chimney flashing needs to prevent your home from being vulnerable to water leaks.
Get Your Chimney Flashing Repaired or Replaced
If you are seeing signs of chimney flashing issues, get your chimney flashing assessed by a professional to get to the bottom of the issue. With the snowy months approaching, now is the time to make sure your chimney is in working order. Click here or call (781) 893-6611 to get in touch.