Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Lots of rain water coming down chimney

The chimney is above an open fire place, when we noticed some water coming down we had a hat put on this made no difference so we had roofers in. They made repairs around the chimney and said that the roof and flashing was sound. We had a period of little rain and so were unaware until recent heavy rain the the problem has not been fixed. Have tried to contact the roofer but to no avail. Really am worried now about getting a decent builder, we can not afford to keep throwing money away. Would it be better to get a surveyor in or someone else who can tell what the problem is. The roof itself was replaced about ten years ago and looks really good inside and out but water can be seen on the wall in the loft where the chimney is any advice please Many thanks

Thank you very much for your answer couldn't work out how to reply, it is a shame you are not closer to us as I would ask you to visit but we are in the Midlands but many thanks I will do as you say and thank you again

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Best Answer

Good evening Kaycee42

A surveyor will only cost you more money on a report that you already know...

Often when builders look at a chimney from the ground or from a cat ladder they seem to miss the fact that the led flashing work behind the led cover flashing is short caursing an ingress of water down the side elevation of the chimney stack.
The next builder or roofer you employ ask him to put the cat ladder on the roof, lift up the led cover flashing on the side elevation of the chimney stack and check the led flashing behind. All to often it's this led flashing that has been cut short and does not go high enough behind the led cover flashing, this will not be visable untill the led cover flashing is lifted. Once on the roof this inspection would only take a few moments and a few hours to correct.

I'm not saying this is the problem, but it often is in my experience.

I hope this helps.

Answered 6th Jan 2013

Thorn Roofing

Member since 15 Mar 2012

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