Residential Roofing: 4 Steps to Chimney Leak Repair

Residential Roofing: 4 Steps to Chimney Leak Repair

Chimney leaks are among the most common roof leaks homeowners experience. Typically, if there is a leak around your chimney you’ll most likely need flashing repair/replacement.

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

  1. 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.Inspection of the chimney base: flashing, siding, decking
  2. 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.Damaged flashing, siding and plywood removal
  3. Flashing replacementStep and counter flashing will most likely need to be replaced: any cracks, chips, tears or bending are unacceptable.Replacement of flashing, ice weather shield installation
  4. 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.Replacement of flashing, sealing

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.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Contact us today and receive a discount of 15% off any roofing repair job.


  1. Posted June 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I see you guys are pretty thorough in investigating the source of the leak. Some companies will rush through a job this small and often miss the actual problem. Kudos!

  2. Posted June 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic information for chimney leaks. I am working with a client with an old stone chimney and we are re flashing, cutting in and re-doing the entire area. Its been quite the project.

  3. Alisa DiMaio
    Posted June 14, 2016 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    This was the most informative website I’ve read. I didn’t know anything about my roof and now I feel like I know what I’m looking for and I am calling you as soon as you open. Thanks for all the information and check lists feel much more comfortable now

  4. Posted June 15, 2016 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Repair looks great! I would agree that you contact your fooring contractors for this one, but also need to research on the things that they do so that you will also know the value of what you are paying.

  5. Posted June 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I agree that a good roofing company will check for any chimney damage before continuing on with the roof. Roof and chimney repairs definitely fall under the category of things that need to be done the right way. I appreciate the pictures you shared, very helpful!

  6. Posted June 25, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Many companies provide a repair kit for people so they can easily repair small leaks. Those tools are very helpful for leak detection and repair.

  7. Posted June 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing these awesome steps. Whether we like it or not, even a well-built chimney will eventually wear out. To avoid any hassle, hire a roofing contractor and let them fix it for you.

  8. Posted June 28, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the nice explanation. Roof is the most important part of a home. So, it needs a regular maintenance. I didn’t think about chimney seriously before. From now i will be careful about chimney too.

  9. Posted June 29, 2016 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Nice job! Looks great.

  10. Posted July 6, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Well done on the chiney repair job – it’s clear a pro handled the job from start to finish.There are times when a repair might be DIY, but more often than not, the leak and damage is far more substantial than a homeowner can assess without expert knowledge. Doing the job right the first time is a better value of money and time.

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