What Is a Chimney Cricket or Saddle?

Many people have no idea what a chimney cricket is, but, for some chimneys, this water leak preventive tool is a necessity. Is your chimney situated on a slope of your roof? If so, you may have a problem with water pooling where your exterior chimney meets the roof. Is your chimney wider than 30 inches? This is another factor that allows water from rain and melted snow to accumulate around the base of your chimney on the roof. When water pools in this area, the bricks and mortar of your chimney are in danger of that water penetrating into those masonry materials to cause deterioration and damage. The inside of your home can also be at risk for water damage. If you answered yes to the questions above, you can trust Old Hat Chimney Service to solve this problem. As part of our customized flashing services, we can build and install a chimney cricket to protect the base of your chimney from being surrounded by accumulated water. Since many of our customers are unaware of this type of chimney flashing, we would like to share with you some information from the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) that explains more about chimney crickets.

What exactly is a chimney cricket?

A miniature roof constructed from aluminum, galvanized steel, or stainless steel, a chimney cricket can be installed on the rear of your chimney. With a peak that keeps water and debris away from your chimney, this piece of flashing protects your chimney from water leaking into its bricks and mortar.

How can a chimney cricket keep water out of my chimney?

With a ridge on the top, a chimney cricket is constructed with angled sides that direct water from rain and melted snow away from your chimney so that no pooling occurs on the roof around the base of the chimney. Not only does pooled water put your chimney at a greater risk for water leaks, this water can also freeze in the winter to form an ice dam. This can create even more water accumulation on your roof around your chimney because an ice dam can keep water from flowing down the roof, which can cause water to leak into other areas of your home. To prevent an ice dam from forming on your roof, Old Hat Chimney Service recommends installing a chimney cricket to direct water away from your chimney and down your roof. As mentioned earlier, you should seriously think about adding a chimney cricket to your flashing system if your chimney is located on a downward slope of your roof or is wider than 30 inches.

Why is it so important to prevent water penetration of my chimney?

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water penetration is the biggest enemy of your masonry chimney because how much deterioration and damage it can do to the bricks, mortar, chimney liner, and the walls and ceilings of your house. A professionally customized and installed flashing system including a chimney cricket can protect your chimney from water penetration as well as save you money on expensive repairs due to water leaks.

Want to know more about chimney crickets? Contact Old Hat Chimney Service to learn about our custom chimney cricket and other flashing installation services to keep your chimney safe from water penetration.

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