When we do a chase repair, we usually rebuild — or add — a water diverter, or cricket, at the top.
When we do a chase repair, we usually rebuild — or add — a water diverter, or cricket, at the top.

When the call came to check out a leaking chimney, it didn’t take long to find the problem. Measuring nearly 7 feet wide, the chimney sat like a dam at the bottom of a steep roof, with no cricket to divert water around the sides. The existing flashing and counterflashing were poorly installed and had little chance of keeping out moisture.

To remedy a situation like this, I strip off the roofing around the chimney and tear out the old flashing. After repairing any damage to the sheathing, I install the cricket that should have been there in the first place, then flash everything with new copper. This project was no exception.

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