Do you see swarming bees around your chimney every year when the weather is warm, and you have some watermarks on the ceiling by the chimney and shingle damage? There are a few different factors that can be the cause of these issues, and you want to fix them right away to protect the home.
If the insects are burrowing through the wood and nesting, it's likely that you have:
- Wood damage and water absorption
- Holes in the wood that allowed water into the chimney
- Damaged shingles from insect and water exposure
Water in and around the chimney is a big problem, especially if it turns to ice and starts to expand. Here are a few things to do to get the area inspected and treated. You also want to ask during the roofing inspection if there is mold or mildew damage because of the water that has lingered.
Consult with more than one roofing contractor to assess the damage around the chimney and on the roof. Compare the following details when you get your quotes:
- Areas identified as needing repairs
- Types of repairs needed
- Cost for materials
- Cost for labor
- Suggested improvements for the roof
You know that you need to have the flashing and all other areas that are damaged by the insects repaired, along with the shingles and potentially the base of the roof. See what each contractor suggests doing, and then figure out the price that works best for you.
Treat the Pest Concerns
If it's possible, depending on the weather, have the pests treated before the roof is repaired. This way the pests aren't a problem after you've invested the money to have the repair. You may need treatment inside and outside the home.
Getting the roof fixed quickly before the spread of the damage is important. If you are worried about the expense of getting this work done, ask the roofing company if they have a financing program you can utilize. This may be a way to spread out the payments over the year.
There are many pests that are attracted to wood, and if you have bees that are burrowing through your chimney and roofing areas, you can't let water damage spread and cause problems all along the base of your roof. Get at least two roofing estimates completed quickly and go from there to get the project started. Talk to a roofing expert to get professional advice.