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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 Waukesha County home could talk?” If the interior 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 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, separated, or be deteriorated. Mortar at the chimney’s base could be gone. Some Waukesha 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 cause.


Of these, a flashing leak is most common in Waukesha 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 shingles must be removed and redone.


Replacing a chase cover isn’t hard, but must be done correctly. Ditto for replacing broken or missing mortar at the chimney’s base, or elsewhere.


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 Waukesha County residence start “talking,” don’t ignore them. Contact Quality Fireplace right away. Correcting a you home’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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