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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 Washington County residence could talk?” If the interior 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 dwelling’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 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 challenging to tell. An inspection by a chimney professional, such as the certified experts at Quality Fireplace, is the best way to locate the cause.


Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Washington County. The sheet metal around the chimney base can develop any number of problems. Sometimes a flashing repair is as simple as applying calk; in other cases, both metal and roof shingles must be removed and redone.


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


A residence roof leak occasionally begins inside a chimney. Cracked or broken liner tiles can permit 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 Washington County dwelling start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. Correcting a you home’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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