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Old 04-17-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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Help needed for leaking fireplace

My fireplace is leaking thru the damper and seeping thru the bricks and I'm not sure where to begin to try to fix the leak. I've attached some pictures to give you an idea. There are 2 pictures that show where the water is seeping thru the bricks on the wall,and also a picture of the damper and a picture of the inside bottom.

Last night there was heavy storm and the water was leaking thru the damper and pooling on the bottom and leaking out of the bottom into the room. The leak is getting so bad that the damper and screen are rusting.

I live in a 2 story house and I can see that the chimney cap is still on but I haven't up on the roof to actually inspect it yet. I would like to get your thoughts on this and what I should do. I have carpentry skills but have never done chimney work so any suggestions would be great.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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If you have a flue cap (I'm guessing that's what you mean by chimney cap), the the likely culprit is the crown or wash at the top of the chimney. It's likely failed or there is a gap in it around the flue tile. If the wash is cracked or damaged, re-doing it and/or adding a full chimney cover should solve your problem.


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Inspect the chimney cap (over the flue) and the top of the chimney itself,
it will have a crowned top of mortar or a metal top.

Inspect the mortar in the bricks all the way around.

Inspect the chimney counter flashing, specifically at the top of the counter flashing where it should bend into a cut in the brick.

Inspect the roofing materials, there maybe a sub flashing issue or a bad shingle issue, etc.

A few exterior pictures would be a great help.
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