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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 dwelling could talk?” If the inside 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 residence’s roof leak around a chimney can have several causes. The metal flashing where the chimney meets the roof might have been improperly constructed, separated, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be gone. 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 difficult to tell. An inspection by a chimney pro, 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 Washington County. The sheet metal around the chimney base can develop several problems. Sometimes a flashing repair is as simple as applying calk; in other cases, both metal and shingles must be removed and redone.


Replacing a chase cover isn’t difficult, but must be done correctly. Same thing does for fixing broken or missing mortar at the chimney’s base, or anywhere on the chimney.


A home roof leak sometimes begins inside a chimney. Cracked or broken liner tiles can allow 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 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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