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chaos4505

07:13PM | 02/24/07
Member Since: 02/23/07
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Two winters ago I noticed water on the chimney in the attic. I had a roofer come and fix the flashing around the chimney. The problem continued and he thought the snow was getting in the chimney and melting because there was no cap on the chimney. He put a cap on the chimney and put cement over the bricks in case the mortar had become porous. All seemed fine until last month. We had a great deal rain in December and January followed by a major snow storm. The chimney started leaking again. This time so badly that the water was coming through the bathroom wall that was built around the chimney. I had another roofer come and he removed the snow and ice that had built up around the chimney and indicated that the roof might need to be repaired in the spring (the age of the roof is unknown). I had the wall removed from around the chimney a few days ago and noticed that the chimney is still wet. I looked in the attic and again noticed the water coming in through the bricks. I don't think there is any water coming in around the chimney, but rather through the bricks themselves. Any suggestions what to do next?

Sue

OddBall

02:45PM | 03/01/07
Member Since: 11/10/06
138 lifetime posts
It`s best to wait three dry days after re-pointing or other masonary work done, then use a masonary waterseal on the chimney, wait a week,... waterproof a second time.

Cement, mortar and most brick are not waterproof by themselves. Don`t splash or spill on the roof,....it will stain.
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