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Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of a Roof Leak Around Your Chimney

Did you ever hear someone make the comment, “If these walls in our Milwaukee County home could talk?” If the inside walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white powder, they’re definitely sending a message:


“You have a roof leak.”


A house’s roof leak around a chimney can have several causes. The metal flashing where the chimney meets the roof might have been improperly built, come loose, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be gone. Some Milwaukee County homeowners have found the chase cover, the metal cap atop a prefab or factory-built chimney, has rusted out.


Usually it’s hard to tell. An inspection by a chimney pro, such as the certified experts at Quality Fireplace, is the best way to pinpoint the cause.


Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Milwaukee County. The sheet metal around the chimney base can develop several problems. Sometimes a flashing repair is as quick and easy as applying calk; in other cases, both metal and roof shingles must be removed and rebuilt.


Replacing a metal cap isn’t hard, but must be done right. Ditto for fixing broken or missing mortar at the chimney’s base, or elsewhere.


A dwelling roof leak sometimes begins inside a chimney. Cracked or broken liner tiles can allow moisture to seep out. A new liner can fix this issue in short order, often along with other problems.


If those walls (or a ceiling) in your Milwaukee County home start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace immediately. Correcting a you residence’s roof leak quickly will prevent bigger problems later.


Once the message reaches the level of a shout, all bets are off.


Contact Quality Fireplace and schedule an inspection of the roof around your chimney.

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