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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 Racine County house could talk?” If the inside walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white film, they’re definitely sending a message:


“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, 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 hard to tell. An inspection by a chimney professional, 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 Racine County. The sheet metal around the chimney base can develop a variety problems. Sometimes a flashing repair is as simple as recaulking; in other cases, both metal and shingles must be removed and rebuilt.


Replacing a metal cap isn’t complicated, but must be done correctly. Same thing does for replacing broken or missing mortar at the chimney’s base, or anywhere on the chimney.


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


If those walls (or a ceiling) in your Racine County home start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. Correcting a you dwelling’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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