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

Ever hear the phrase, “If these walls in our Ozaukee County house could talk?” If the inside walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white powder, your walls are talking to you:


“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, separated, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be gone. Some Ozaukee County homeowners have found the chase cover, the metal cap atop a prefab or factory-built chimney, has rusted out.


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


Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Ozaukee 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 shingles must be removed and rebuilt.


Replacing a metal cap isn’t hard, but must be done correctly. Ditto 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 permit 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 Ozaukee County residence start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace immediately. Addressing a you dwelling’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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