Did you have what appeared to be a chimney leak during the snow melt? Or did it seem more like a roof leak? Sometimes it takes an expert to figure out where the leak is coming from. An experienced roofing company can determine if your need chimney or roof repair or both. Unless it’s a masonry issue at which point you should hire a mason. Here are some common issues that lead to leaks in and around your chimney.

Flashing

Every chimney should have flashing properly installed between the chimney and the roof. It’s meant to direct the water down the roof rather than continuing down the chimney. Flashing needs to be sealed around the top to keep the water out. That sealant breaks down over time which can lead to a roof leak that very much appears to be a chimney leak.

Chimney Cap

Your chimney cap serves many purposes. It keeps pests out of your chimney. Perhaps more importantly, it helps keep water out of your chimney. When yours has an issue, water runs down your chimney into your home. This can show as a chimney or roof leak with water in and around the fireplace as well as in your attic.

Mortar

As you look up at your chimney, the mortar between the bricks and stone should be without cracks. When it has cracks, water can get in. When we have a freeze-thaw cycle and there’s water in the cracks, the cracks get bigger. Over time you can end up with lose bricks and significant damage to your chimney, fireplace, attic and home in general. You need an experienced mason for proper repair.

Call Frank-dale Roofing & Exteriors Today

Spring rains and summer thunderstorms will be here before we know it. Don’t put off calling Frank-dale Roofing & Exteriors for a roofing inspection. We offer both chimney and roof repair from flashing to mortar as we have an experienced masonry specialist on staff. No matter what the source of your roof leak, we can help. Reach us by calling (414) 425-5796 or filing out our contact form.