The base of the chimney is especially susceptible to leaks because it tends to collect water. Check this area on a regular basis, and ensure there are no cracks or other damage. You should also consider building a chimney cricket to help avoid this kind of issue.
Also called a “saddle”, a roof cricket is a ridge structure built on the high side of a chimney or at the area where one roof meets another. It is typically covered with metal flashing, but you can also use the same material as the roof for a more consistent look.
Chimney crickets primarily function to divert water away from the base of the chimney so that leaks can be prevented. Water pooling in this area may end up frozen during the colder months potentially putting pressure on your roof.
It’s common for leaks to originate at the base of the chimney, especially if there’s no chimney cricket to prevent water from pooling in this spot. Consider installing one so that you can keep your roofing and the rest of your home safe from water damage.
Once you have built a chimney cricket, inspect and clean it regularly. Ensure there are no cracks or loose or missing flashing. If there are small cracks, you can fix this with caulk. However, if the cracks are large, you should call in a professional to repoint them.
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