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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 house could talk?” If the inside walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white film, your walls are talking to you:


“You have a roof leak.”


A residence’s roof leak around a chimney can have several causes. The metal flashing where the chimney meets the roof might have been improperly constructed, come loose, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be missing. 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 challenging to tell. An inspection by a chimney professional, such as the certified experts at Quality Fireplace, is the best way to locate the problem area.


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


Replacing a chase cover isn’t difficult, but must be done right. Same thing does for repairing 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 correct this problem in short order, often along with other problems.


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