We all know the common sounds of a fireplace in your Ozaukee County dwelling.
Crackling. Popping. Occasionally a metallic boom, as a firebox shifts with the heat. When no fire is burning, a fireplace is silent and still.
Dripping water is not a usual noise. Rather, it’s a red flag. Chances are you have a leaky chimney. Water is getting in somewhere. Tracking it down is critical, before the problem worsens and greater damage ensues.
Sound isn’t always the indication of a chimney leak. Discoloration on walls and ceilings are indicators. Water leaking from a chimney’s “out” door in the basement is another.
Given the weather abuse a chimney sustains in Ozaukee County, the source of a leak could be in a few spots. Freeze-thaw cycles, and the battering of water in both liquid and frozen form, can take a toll on different parts of a chimney.
Never fear: With a 60-foot crane and scaffolding as high as 40 feet, Quality Fireplace is ready to tackle chimney leaks wherever they occur in Ozaukee County.
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 patch things up. ChimneySaver, a water repellent coating, can be applied to prevent water infiltration in chimney masonry.
No matter its orgin, dripping is often the initial sign of a leaking chimney. Quality Fireplace will make sure this undesired sound is quieted, and doesn’t come back to your Ozaukee 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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