Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Damp chimney breast

I lived in a end of terranced house built in 1920/1930 on the coast where the chimney is on the outside wall. In the main bedroom upstairs there is damp showing on the chimney breast. It starts at the top and comes about half way down. The damp appears after rainfall and will dry out after periods of fine weather. I have lived in the house nearly 3 years and it was only in our second winter that the damp first appeared. We have looked at the pointing and that looks fine and we think that the flashing is ok. We have had new guttering last year and the roof looks in good condition no slipped tiles. The only thing is that the ridge tiles may need some attention. There is no fire in situ but guess it was originally an open fire. We also have apart of a chimney breast that goes through the bathroom and there seems to be a damp patch at the top of this chimney breast as well. The damp seems to go on the ceiling in the bathroom as well but it doesn't in the bedroom. We are going to get a roofer to check the roof but we are stuck to know what to do. Please can anyone help?

1 Answer

Hi sounds like you need a cowl on the top of the chimney pot to stop the water coming down the chimney when it rains and a roofer to come look at the roof.

Answered 19th Mar 2015


Member since 10 Mar 2015

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