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Old 05-17-2014, 11:04 PM   #1
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We have noticed water in the basement under the fireplace before (but have not taken a closer look yet). I noticed the other day I heard "dripping" in the fireplace (but could not find any water). Them I noticed water in the basement. It doesn't happen everytime it rains though but the other day when I noticed the dripping sound and then the water, we had alot of rain that day. Our home is brick on the bottom half and vinyl on the top half. The fireplace juts out of the wall. I took a quick peak to see if I could see any reason for water coming in above the fireplace but nothing stood out as an obvious reason.

Any ideas on why this is happening? Could it be the vinyl siding? I will take some pics tomorrow in the daylight, to better explain what the area looks like from the outside.

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Old 05-18-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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Hard to say without pics, but inspect the metal cap of the chimney too.

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I also found this. Could this little gap cause alot of water to come in the house, all the way down to the basement?
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I also found this. Could this little gap cause alot of water to come in the house, all the way down to the basement?
Not if the flashing goes up the wall behind it. If not, it could.
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Tough to tell without looking behind the siding.

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