Here we go again! Strong Storms Passing Thru. What about my chimney?

Strong storms are back again. Here we thought it was going to be strong storms over the weekend from the hurricane and it turned out to be not so bad. However, today can be a different issue. I think you’ve read enough about debris and leaks, this time let’s talk about your chimney.

Chimney’s are a common fixture in our homes. When high winds cause the rain to go horizontally instead of vertically, it becomes a perfect entry point to our chimneys. Watch for water dripping down. You may hear a dripping sound or see a puddle of water inside your fireplace. Quite unpleasant to clean.

Water can also make its way in if the mortar is weak or if the step flashing isn’t firm and in place. This fall, be sure to have your roof checked as Showalter always checks the chimney for problems. It’s a common problem many homeowners experience and don’t realize the damage it can cause.
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Condensation Build Up: Is it a roofing or humidity Issue?

Each year, Showalter Roofing receives numerous calls for condensation problems. Many times after we visit the home and inspect the attic, we find it to be a humidity issue.

When temperatures plummet as typical Chicago weather proves each year, homeowners begin to notice moisture in the attic. Most times it’s due to the humidifiers directly installed on furnaces. If the humidity level on the inside…is above the level on the outside, condensation builds in our attics.

Take a trip up to your attic early in the morning. If you see a layer of frost on the underside of the plywood, it’s most likely condensation.  As the outside temperature rises this frost will melt and water spots may occur on your ceiling.

If you notice moisture confined to a specific area of the roof decking, that’s most likely going to be a roofing problem. Call Showalter Roofing at  630.499.7700  to conduct a complete evaluation to verify a roofing issue.

Here are the Top 3 Ways Homeowners Can Combat Condensation Issues:

  1. Turn the humidifier down on your furnace especially when it’s really cold outside. It doesn’t seem logical, however the furnace is turning on more frequently causing an increase of humidity in the air. To see a chart for setting your humidistat go to: http://www.showalterroofing.com/Condensation.php
  2. Check your clothes dryer.  Your dryer may not be hooked up properly. If warm moist air is getting into your home from the clothes dryer, it will end up in the attic.
  3. Check if your bathroom fan is connected properly. If there is a problem, the warm moist air will quickly reach the attic.

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Tree Branches Touching the Roof? Not Good.

Tree Branches on Roof

Tree Branches on Roof

Trees are certainly an important part of our landscape. It beautifies as well as keeps our homes cool during the summer months. We are aware of the downfalls too. Each fall, we climb the ladder and pull the leaves from the gutters.

 

But one area remains unattended…the tree branches. Tree branches are harmful to roofing systems. As the branches sway in the wind, they scratch on the surface of the shingle causing the particles to come off. These granules are critical as they protect the roof.

 

Take time to get those branches off the roof.

It will extend the life of your roof.

 

The Power of the Wind

With all of the wind within the past couple days it sure has  created a mess. Not only are large branches all over the front and back yards, but so are shingles from the roof.

Damaged Roof from Wind

Damaged Roof from Wind

High winds have a way of getting underneath the shingles. With consistent high winds as we’ve experienced the past  couple of days, it quickly loosens and flies off the roof top. Many times debris from trees and other foliage can be blown on the roof also causing damage to the roof.

If you find one or more shingles on the ground, get a Showalter roofer to your home to  repair the damage. We’ll fix the blown off shingle and check for additional loose and   missing shingles. We’ll be sure your roof is safe and secure going into the winter season.

Call today 630.499.7700.

 

Condensation in Your Attic May Not be a Roofing Problem

Heavy Rain Damage

RainyDayOctober 2009 was a record setting month for rainfall in the Chicago area. With 19 days of heavy measurable rain during October, homeowners had a chance to put their roofs to the test. When Mother Nature acts out roofing systems can suffer the effects. Rain-water can build up in valleys and against chimneys forcing water to leak through the roof and causing serious structural damage to the home. Heavy rain damage can be prevented by performing a few routine inspections around your home. The following are the key areas to focus on prior to the rainy season in your area;

1. The Rooftop – This is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting the house and is considered the main component for keeping rainwater from entering the home. The construction of rooftops for best results should be pitched or sloped to direct water downwards and does not allow it to collect on the roof. Inspecting the entire rooftop for damaged shingles, cracks, and holes will assist in preventing further damage caused by heavy rain. If you find that your rooftop has developed holes or small cracks that will allow water to leak through or if you feel your rooftop is not pitched or sloped appropriately, Showalter Roofing Services would be happy to come out, take a look at your roof, and provide the best solution to your rooftop so you can prevent damage caused by heavy rainfall.

2. Chimney – The construction of the chimney should be sealed tightly together with no revealing gaps. A chimney cap may be a consideration to install to help prevent water from coming in through the chimney. Finally, inspect the seals and flashing of where the chimney is attached to the roof. If there are signs of damage, get it replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Some brickwork becomes porous over time allowing moisture to actually be absorbed into the brick causing leaks. This is especially true during several consecutive days of rain. Masonry sealant will solve this problem provided the brick and mortar are in good condition.

Remember, roof repairs can be dangerous, so if you have experienced damage to your roof during this fall rain and it is fairly severe, it is best to call in a professional roofing contractor such as Showalter Roofing Service to assess the damage and provide the necessary repairs.

Do I Need a New Roof? #7 – Masonry and Counterflashing

The breakdown of chimneys and other masonry walls are an indication of roof replacement. If water is coming in along the chimney wall or masonry wall it is either because the counterflashing is failing or the masonry itself is absorbing water.

masonry and counterflashing

This picture shows that the caulking has deteriorated to the point that it is actually missing and water can get behind the metal and enter your home. Deterioration can also occur on the concrete chimney cap which allows moisture to enter as well as weaken and destroy the entire masonry structure. By checking the caulking and maintaining the chimney with masonry sealant, the cost of repair or replacement are avoided.

masonry and counterflashing2