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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 Ozaukee County dwelling 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 constructed, 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 pro, such as the certified experts at Quality Fireplace, is the best way to identify the cause.


Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Ozaukee 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 redone.


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


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


If those walls (or a ceiling) in your Ozaukee County house start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. Addressing a you residence’s roof leak quickly will prevent larger 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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