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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 house could talk?” If the interior walls or ceiling around your chimney are stained, or covered with a white film, 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 built, 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 challenging 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 Waukesha 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 roof shingles must be removed and rebuilt.

 

Replacing a metal cap isn’t hard, 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 house roof leak sometimes begins 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 Waukesha County home 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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