It may be that the flashing around the chimney is inadequate, worn, corroded, or that it was improperly installed in the first place. Do not use caulk to repair these flashings! Whenever it’s practical to replace damaged roof flashing, have you roofing contractor do so.
4 Steps to Chimney Leak Repair
- Inspection of the roof – Some hasty roofers will move straight to flashing replacement but the process of chimney leak repair should start with a thorough inspection of your chimney’s base and walls to evaluate the damage. This will allow your roofer to proceed with appropriate repair options. In many instances not only flashings but siding and even decking needs to be replaced and your roofer should be able to determine that during the inspection.
- Old material removal – Most often than not, old material at the base of the chimney needs to be removed and new flashing and seals properly installed. This includes removal of old roof cement and waterproof caulking that was applied to seal the flashing/shingle/chimney connection, all flashings, siding and possibly even plywood.
- Flashing replacement – Step and counter flashing will most likely need to be replaced: any cracks, chips, tears or bending are unacceptable.
- Sealing – Once new flashing is in place, masonry caulk is used to cover flashing/chimney joints, and flashing seams are sealed with waterproof roofing cement or flashing cement/caulking.
Stop Chimney Leaks Today – Hire a Roofing Contractor
Since improperly installed flashing leaves your home unprotected from rain, wind & hail and will allow water penetration to occur again and again, it is critical to handle repairs immediately.
If you need an experienced Delaware or Eastern Pennsylvania roofing repair contractor, call All Roofing Solutions. Specializing in residential and commercial roofing repair and replacement, we are a skilled local roofing company with over 15 years of experience and a reputation for honest and thorough service. We’ll be happy to assist your with your emergency roofing repair, large and small.