03:21PM | 06/16/01
Member Since: 06/15/01
1 lifetime posts
Looking for some advice on what is causing the following problem: wall next to chimney is dripping mositure whenever it rains. Wondering what the problem is. Had a new chimney put in about 2 years ago, the problem started shortly after. During the winter when the heat is on the problem is gone, but once it's turned off, it rains, or when it's humid, the problem returns. Wondering what's going on and how to fix.

Appreciate any feedback

Jay J

04:44PM | 06/16/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI toolmantaylor,

Well, it's hard to tell if your problem is from 'poor workmanship' or a leak.

If you have access to the attic, check there first for signs of water running down the interior wall. When you see it, go up in the attic (assuming you have one) and look along that wall.

Now, as I said, it's quite possible you simply have moisture problem. IF the wall on the INSIDE of the house is 'cold' but the air INSIDE is very warm, it could simply be the warm air CONDENSING on the cold wall. This would be my first 'hunch' since you said the problem goes away when you turn the heat on. Warm air will hold MORE moisture than cool air. The warm air is probably warming up the inside wall. If the insulation in that wall is 'missing' or not R-19 (or higher), that could be the solution. OR, perhaps all you need to do is increase circulation in that part of the room. You can easily test that out by turning on a floor-fan on LOW just to circulate the air. If you notice the problem goes away (or is reduced), then you know the source of your problem is moist air. At this point, consider installing a dehumidifier in the room OR in your HVAC system.

Perhaps others have more insight. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: I'm not clear if the moisture is on the fireplace itself or the wall 'in front' of the fireplace. Understand that if the fireplace wall is 'connected' directly to the outside, it will be cooler than the walls in the rest of the room because the remaining walls are insulated. (The fireplace wall, itself, isn't based on my scenario ...)



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