Why is my chimney leaking?

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This leaking chimney shows signs of loose mortar and flashing in need of repair

Many homes in Ohio are built with brick or stone chimneys.  If you are the owner of one of these homes odds are that at some point your chimney will require maintenance.  After years of exposure to the elements the ability of the chimney to keep out water may fail causing leaks which may need repair.  If not properly addressed a chimney leaking can cause many problems to your home resulting in expensive repairs the longer that the problem goes on.  This can include drywall damage, structural damage, mold growth and an attractive food source for wood boring insects.

What to do if you think you may have a chimney that needs repaired?

Call a certified Ohio roofing contractor to do a roof inspection, or if you want to check it out for yourself, here are some tips on what to look for.

There are several places water can enter from the chimney area of your roof.  Understanding where the leak is coming from can sometimes be difficult.  First off make sure the weather is nice and sunny and have a helper on hand in the event you need help!  Check all mortar joints and the top cap of the chimney for any loose joints or missing mortar.  Inspect all the metal flashing on the base of the chimney where it meets the roofing shingles.  The flashing is the sheet metal that is used to keep water away from the chimney and not allow water behind the step flashing installed on your chimney.  Look for loose or missing caulk or mortar where the metal meets the chimney on the upper portion.  Look for any penetrations that may allow water to enter.

Now you may be asking.. Can my roof flashing be repaired?  The answer is sometimes.  If the leak cannot be determined or if the damage appears extensive, it may be time to call  a Certified Ohio roofing contractor to come and inspect your chimney.  Many times overlaps are incorrect as well as placement of the flashing itself.  Sometimes it is the cement cap known as the crown of the chimney which may need to be redone.  If you are not sure what to do call Van Martin for your Ohio roofing repair needs.

Chimney leaks happen at all times of the year but it is best to get it taken care of immediately rather than risk extensive damage to your home.  Call Van Martin today at 937-222-7855  to schedule a roofing inspection to determine the cause of any problems or to prevent any further damage from occurring!