I have a 40-yr-old brick house with a brick fireplace in the kitchen. When we bought the house, rain would drip into the fireplace. We re-roofed (needed to be done anyway), and the drip continued. New chimney cap (also needed anyway), still drips. I've climbed around in the attic during downpours and there isn't one drop of water around the fireplace, but my casserole dish in the fireplace fills up every time!
What should I try? This one has me scratching my head alot. I haven't tried spending a weekend spraying areas of the chimney with a hose to track the leak. But I see many of you talking about porous mortar. How common is that?
Thanks for your help in advance.