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A Dripping Fireplace?

No, That’s Not Expected

We all know the expected sounds of a fireplace in your Milwaukee County dwelling.

 

Crackling. Popping. Occasionally a metallic echo, as a firebox shifts with the heat. When no fire is burning, a fireplace is quiet and still.

 

Dripping water is not a normal sound. Rather, it’s a red flag. Chances are you have a leaking chimney. Water is getting in somehow. Finding out how is critical, before the issue worsens and greater damage ensues.

 

Noise isn’t always the indication of a chimney leak. Stains on walls and ceilings are signs. Water leaking from a chimney’s “out” door in the basement is another.

 

Given the weather abuse a chimney suffers in Milwaukee County, the source of leaking could be in a few places. Freeze-thaw cycles, and the battering of water in both liquid and frozen form, can take a toll on different spots of a chimney.

 

Don’t worry: With a Sixty-foot crane and scaffolding as high as 40 feet, Quality Fireplace is ready to tackle chimney leaks wherever they occur in Milwaukee County.

The problem could be at the very top of your chimney

If a concrete crown is damaged, an application of Crown Coat sealant will stop leaks. In the case of a prefabricated chimney, a chase cover might have rusted through. The answer is a new stainless steel cap.

 

Further down, crumbling masonry on a chimney or above a fireplace might spring leaks. Tuckpointing or other masonry repair can fix things up. ChimneySaver, a water repellent coating, can be applied to prevent water infiltration in chimney masonry.

 

Flashing around the chimney-roof junction is always a suspect in leaks. Flashing repair can be as simple as recaulking. If the flashing has failed, some additional repair is necessary.

 

No matter its source, dripping is often the first indicator of a leaking chimney. Quality Fireplace will make sure this undesired sound is quieted, and doesn’t come back to your Milwaukee County chimney.

 

Contact Quality Fireplace and schedule an inspection of your fireplace if you hear a dripping noise in your chimney.

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