Did you ever hear someone make the comment, “If these walls in our Washington County house could talk?” If the inside walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white powder, they’re definitely sending a message:
“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 built, separated, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be missing. Some Washington 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 locate the problem area.
Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Washington County. The sheet metal around the chimney base can develop several problems. Sometimes a flashing repair is as simple as recaulking; in other cases, both metal and roof shingles must be removed and redone.
A dwelling roof leak can begin inside a chimney. Cracked or broken liner tiles can permit moisture to seep out. A new liner can fix this problem in short order, often along with other problems.
If those walls (or a ceiling) in your Washington County dwelling start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. Correcting a you house’s roof leak quickly will prevent bigger 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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