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Yes, Spring has sprung! And so has our Spring edition of our Fairfield Home Inspection blog series, Part 2: Tips to Divert Rain Water. We’ve been having quite the rainy Spring here in Fairfield, and we’re doing our part to inform our readers on tips to help with water issues via our Fairfield Home Inspector Blog Series. Our last post, we discussed tips to prevent wet basements. Today, let’s talk about ways to divert rain water from your home.


Let’s take a moment to talk about kickout flashing, and its importance in construction.  Kickout flashing (sometimes called diverter flashing) is a type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from wall surfaces when they adjoin directly to a roof. As a home inspection company it’s something we look for on homes susceptible to rain water issues. This flashing provides protection from moisture entry and subsequent damage that can result when it is missing.  A missing kickout flashing can allow for water to specifically enter behind the wall siding and possibly the interior of the home as well.  During a home inspection process, we’ll look for visible staining below these areas at the exterior siding, or moisture staining at the interior, are indications of rain water intrusion.  Left unchecked the moisture has the potential to create severe rot and damage.

Kickout flashings should be installed anywhere a roof and exterior wall intersect, where the wall continues past the lower roof-edge and gutter, and where gutters terminate at the side of a chimney.  It is a simple, yet vital, piece of flashing that is either rarely seen or installed incorrectly in many homes throughout Fairfield County.
Attached is a diagram from carson dunlop of what it looks like, along with some photos of missing kickout flashings.
Fairfield County Home Inspection

Fairfield County Home Owners: During your Home Inspection, be sure to check for Kickout Flashings

Fairfield County Home Inspection  - Kickout Flashings

Be sure to check for commonly overlooked Kickout Flashings during out Fairfield County Home Inspection

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A view from above – Kickout Flashings are important for preventing rainwater issues!


Next, in our Fairfield Home Inspection blog “SPRING” series, we’ll move on to other important topics and tips to check during your Fairfield County home inspection process.


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Thanks for reading!


Jeff Walsh

Long River Home Inspection of Fairfield, CT

A home inspector serving Fairfield County, CT and New Haven County, CT

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