Flashing is the metal between the base of the chimney and the roof of the structure. The purpose of chimney flashing is to seal the space between the chimney and the roof around the chimney. Flashing prevents rain and snow from entering the home. Adhesive is used to attach the flashing to the chimney and the roof, this creates a water proof seal.
The biggest culprit of a chimney leak where water comes down on the outside of the chimney, is a problem with the flashing. Inevitably, overtime the adhesive used to seal the flashing to the roof and chimney deteriorates and must be replaced.
When a problem with the flashing is present, moisture leaks into the home and penetrates unsealed materials. This can produce different types of mold, which can in turn create a health hazard for the homeowner. Resealing the flashing or repairing the flashing is an inexspensive fix that will prevent further more expensive issues.
If you suspect that you have a problem with your flashing or have a leak that points to a problem with the flashing, call EcoClean today to schedule a free flashing repair assement. If a problem with your flashing is found, EcoClean technicians will replace the materials necessary to remedy the situation. These new materials will last for decades and prevent costly repairs in the future.