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Flashing Repairs And Custom Crickets In Sacramento

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Properly installed counter-flashing is the correct, long-term approach to keeping water out of the home.

What’s the best way to keep rainwater from leaking into your home at the point where the chimney penetrates through the roof? When properly installed, flashing, counter flashing, and crickets will prevent water from leaking into your home for years to come.

Not familiar with flashing or crickets? Flashing is sheet metal that’s custom cut and bent to fit around the base of your chimney, making it waterproof where your chimney meets your roof. This is a notoriously difficult place to keep water leaks from occurring, but professionally-installed flashing (that is inspected annually) is the best way to accomplish this. Crickets, meanwhile, are structures used to divert water from a roof, keeping water from leaking through a chimney and into the home. Flashing and crickets generally work together to create a watertight seal around the chimney. Unfortunately, over time, flashing sometimes falls off, rusts through (especially where there are nail holes), or is removed and not replaced when a new roof is installed.

Properly installed counter flashing - step flashing.

Properly installed counter flashing – step flashing.

Properly-installed counter-flashing is the correct, long-term approach to keeping water out of the home. Most commonly, the base flashing is present, but the counter-flashing is missing or in need of repair. If you are noticing water leakage around your chimney, on your ceiling, in your attic, or beneath your eaves, leaking flashing is most often the culprit. If this is the case with your home’s chimney, consider having A to Z Chimney Services put an immediate stop to your leaking problems. Depending on the condition of your flashing, we may be able to repair it, or we may need to create all-new flashing for the best long-term solution.

Avoid the urge to use caulk or roofing tar around base flashing. This is a short-term shortcut that ends up creating more problems, as caulk and roofing tar begin to leak again in no time and make proper counter-flashing repairs more difficult.

caulk sealing chimney flashing

Base flashing with caulk instead of counter flashing is a short term short cut that ends up creating more problems than it helps. Caulk or roofing tar begin to leak again in no time, and make proper counter flashing repairs more difficult.

We Can Keep The Water Out!

If your chimney is leaking, it may not necessarily be coming from the flashing. Rusted top-mounted dampers, cracked chimney crowns, and weakened masonry can also cause leaks.

When it comes to chimneys, we are very experienced at keeping both fire and water where they belong. If you live in the Sacramento area and think your chimney’s flashing may be leaking, make an appointment with A to Z Chimney Services today. Email us at info@atozscreens.com or fill out our online appointment form and let us take care of your chimney problems!

 

You can protect your chimney and prevent leaks with the application of a waterproofing sealant. But don’t leave this to the amateurs. Rely on the professional experience you’ll find at A to Z Chimney Services.



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