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What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Got an ongoing chimney issue. Started a thread a while back when I really didn't know what I was looking for. Now I'm just "sort of lost" instead of "completely lost". There's a leak in the rear of this chimney. When we get a real hard rain like this morning, somehow the rain gets between the rear siding and/or trim in the corner where rot is showing in the top right corner. Slow drip in to a bucket at the moment.

Called 8 roofers, only 4 ever showed up. Got 4 different proposals for fixes. All involve replacing the rear two trim boards, two involve installing a cricket.(chimney is 32" across) One roofer proposed I might want to call a siding contractor instead because it needs to be sealed & painted as well.

Asking friends and neighbors, it's like nobody ever had this issue before! Curious if anyone here had any experience. Is this a roofer problem? A siding contractor problem? I even read online that chimney sweeps might be the solution? Baton Rouge / Prairieville area. Don't want a roofer out here guessing when I should be calling someone else. Because I've gotten pretty different proposals from the roofers I wonder if they're right for this.



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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Any general laborer can do that job.


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Drop4Loss
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
The siding is too close and touching the shingles causing the siding to rot

Easy fix..........

Cut the siding say 1.5 inches above the roof shingles. This will allow more space between the shingles and the bottom edge of the siding

Looks like 4 inch metal flashing so youve got lots of space to allow the cuts, just dont cut the flashing

Then caulk/paint the shite out of the bottom edge of the siding where you cut.

I had same problem on a couple of gables.


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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Maybe cut it with a multitool. Like the guy above me said. Then seal it.


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BeerMoney
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
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The siding is too close and touching the shingles causing the siding to rot


Well I did figure that out as well from those who came out. So a couple of the proposals included taking the siding off, cutting them back and re-installing them. On that rotten side, the hardie board basically flaking off higher than a couple of inches.

The leak in the rear appears be coming in above the flashing because the water is getting between the flashing and the plywood sheathing in the back. When I did manage to get myself up there with foam, the whole chimney looks terrible. So I'm going to have someone do it. Just trying to make sure this is something a roofer is best for tackling, because it doesn't involve shingles. First poster said "general laborer" which I suppose means any contractor will do if they have experience with patching up a chimney.


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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
I have just gone through major issues with a leak on a brick chimney. C&C Chimney sweep was awesome as was Premier South roofing. My particular problem took both to fix. Both had free estimates. I also had multiple other companies come out and estimate but these two inspired the most confidence. This mornings rain storm was the first one where there was no leak after all repairs are now complete


Drop4Loss
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
I also had a similar siding chimney
I ripped it all off and had it stuccoed
No more rot or paint


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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Premier South is one of the companies I'm waiting on a quote from. They suggested a cricket.

What did the Chimney sweet do for you?


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BeerMoney
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
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I also had a similar siding chimney
I ripped it all off and had it stuccoed
No more rot or paint



What does that cost? I may go that route instead


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wickowick
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
You need the cricket. Have you checked the wood framing of the chimney in the attic? Does the wood chimney framing have any rot? Could be an easier fix or a harder fix depending on the amount of underlying damage from the water intrusion.


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BeerMoney
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
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You need the cricket. Have you checked the wood framing of the chimney in the attic? Does the wood chimney framing have any rot? Could be an easier fix or a harder fix depending on the amount of underlying damage from the water intrusion.


From the inside the wood looks pristine. If you look up the inside of the chimney it shows no water at all. Just leaks through the flashing and the outside part of the vertical plywood making up the chimney. Right on the blue edge of the plywood sheathing. Through freak "luck" I guess I would call it, the leak doesn't appear to have gone on very long. It happened to drop directly on a joint in the ceiling and showed itself quickly in a small area of the ceiling. Daughter saw it, I got up there and put a bucket up. Inspected the rest of the area and looks ok.


wickowick
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Then add a cricket and you should be good. The cricket installer (roofer) should be capable of cutting the siding back after the cricket is installed.


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ellunchboxo
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
I had the same issue and Garcia roofing did mine.


BeerMoney
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
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I had the same issue and Garcia roofing did mine


Actually called them. They said they no longer do anything other than new roofs.


PaBon
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
That’s probably a $800-1000 stucco job if you were to fo go that route. Add some more change if you want any other color than grey. I like the idea of stuccoing. Don’t skimp on the stucco crew. Make sure you have the real deal guys.

I’d just add a cricket and redo the bottom few courses of rotten siding with hardi lap & making sure to keep them clear of the shingles.


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madamsquirrel
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
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Actually called them. They said they no longer do anything other than new roofs.



same thing they told me

Chimney sweep cleaned chimney since we have never had it cleaned (we don't use it). They put a new damper, sealed the crown, and sealed the chimney brick.

What is a cricket?

I had a water diverter installed a few years ago also.


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Redfish2010
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Buy yourself a chimney flashing kit


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Shanegolang
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
The cricket and cutting the siding farther up off the shingles should take care of this.


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White Bear
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re: What's the right kind of contractor for this chimney repair?
Needs taller flashing or a cricket on the backside of the chimney.

I’d call a reputable sheet metal guy to see if they will turn key it, if not might need a roofer to patch in what roof the sheet metal man removes from the roof.

I just went through this although I had no leaks just hardie siding initially installed too close to the roof, and the cut edges weren’t painted. Fkn jake legs .

Forgot you need at least a meth head to patch in the siding, I’d replace all the corner trim, that’s what I did on a 10/12 pitch roof. Not bad for a fat gringo.
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