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A Dripping Fireplace?

No, That’s Not Expected

We all know the normal sounds of a fireplace in your Waukesha County home.

 

Crackling. Popping. Occasionally a metallic boom, as a firebox shifts with the heat. When no fire is burning, a fireplace is quiet and still.

 

Dripping water is not a normal noise. Rather, it’s a red flag. Chances are you have a leaking chimney. Water is getting in somehow. Finding out how is critical, before the issue worsens and greater damage ensues.

 

Sound isn’t always the tell of a chimney leak. Stains on walls and ceilings are signs. Water leaking from a chimney’s “out” door in the basement is another.

 

Given the weather abuse a chimney sustains in Waukesha County, the source of leaking could be in several locations. Freeze-thaw cycles, and the battering of water in both liquid and frozen form, can take a toll on various parts of a chimney.

 

Never fear: With a Sixty-foot crane and scaffolding as high as 40 feet, Quality Fireplace is ready to tackle chimney leaks wherever they occur in Waukesha County.

The problem could be at the very top of your chimney

If a concrete crown is damaged, an application of Crown Coat sealant will stop leaks. In the case of a prefab chimney, a metal cap might have rusted through. The answer is a new stainless steel cover.

 

Further down, crumbling masonry on a chimney or above a fireplace might spring leaks. Tuckpointing or other masonry repair can patch things up. ChimneySaver, a water repellent coating, can be applied to prevent water infiltration in chimney masonry.

 

Flashing around the chimney-roof junction is always a potential area in leaks. Flashing repair can be as simple as recaulking. If the flashing has failed, some reconstruction is necessary.

 

No matter its orgin, dripping is often the initial indicator of a leaking chimney. Quality Fireplace will make sure this abnormal sound is quieted, and doesn’t return to your Waukesha County chimney.

 

Contact Quality Fireplace and schedule an inspection of your fireplace if you hear a dripping noise in your chimney.

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