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phoenixri

06:00AM | 01/25/07
Member Since: 01/24/07
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The rest of the attic looks pretty dry but right next to the chimney there is water damage. It is starting to extend into the second floor. I have a 105 year-old house that is very tired but structurally sound. I have done nothing in it for the last 15 years. I have finally begun to do each room at a time. I thought the small room was a good place to start. However, now I see the water damage that starts in the attic. I have no idea what to do or how to fix it myself. Money is a huge issue! I don't even know where to start. I can take some pictures tonight. This is my fisrt blog of any kind!

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jachkl

02:11PM | 01/27/07
Member Since: 01/26/07
3 lifetime posts
probably need to have a professional roofer look at it. sounds like the flashing inserts that keep the water from running down the chimney, could be damaged, holes in them, or just a bad flashing job in general. this is important to fix soon. water damage will ensue to ceiling, and or walls. there are cheap fixes(roofing cement), but it is usually a matter of having a proper flashing job done to properly fix it.

water is getting in through something it shouldnt be. you can patch it, or fix it for good. they will prob have to pull up some of the shingles to get a good look at it and to fix it. or they will just glob a bunch of roofing cement over the top of the shingles and up onto the chimney.

If a roofer doesnt detect any leaks on his part, check with a masonry contractor. could be cracking which allows water in and runs down to ceilings etc.
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