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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 Racine County home 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 home’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 gone. Some Racine 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 professional, such as the certified experts at Quality Fireplace, is the smartest way to identify the problem area.


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


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


A residence 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 Racine County house start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. 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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