Chimneys and roofs are closely connected, and if one is leaking, it can often lead to problems with the other. A leaking chimney can be a costly repair if not fixed in time and can cause further structural damage as well as be hazardous to your health and safety. Here are some common reasons why a chimney leak can cause a roof leak and vice versa:
- Faulty flashing: Flashing is the metal or other material that seals the gap between the chimney and the roof. If the flashing is not installed properly or has become damaged, water can seep into the chimney and cause leaks. Faulty flashing is a common problem with older chimneys that have not been properly maintained.
- Cracks in the chimney or roof: If there are cracks in the chimney or roof, water can seep in and cause leaks. These cracks can be caused by various factors such as age, weathering, or damage from falling debris.
- Poor installation or maintenance: A poorly installed or maintained chimney or roof can lead to leaks. It’s important to have your chimney and roof inspected regularly to catch any problems before they become serious.
In summary, a leaky chimney can lead to roof leaks and vice versa. It’s important to address any issues that you may have with your chimney and roof promptly to prevent further damage and costly repairs. If you have a leaking chimney or roof or if you are due for an inspection, give us a call or fill out our online form and we will happily assist you!