How to fiX a water leak through a chimney?


The House is about 60 years old, the roof was tinned about 2 years ago. Water leaks into the house in the area surrounding the chimney. The paint on the drywall enclosing the chimney has started to lift/bubble. Water also drips through the tongue and groove pine ceiling about 3 feet away from the chimney. How do we find the leak or how do we repair the chimney?

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Oct 06, 2018

    It sounds like the flashing around the chimney needs to be repaired. I would hire a professional as many times the leak will travel to the lowest point before you see the water.

    Get a few bids from different people to see if they all agree as to where the leak is...

  • William William on Oct 06, 2018

    I would call the contractor back. The chinmey was not properly flashed.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 06, 2018

    You need to call the roofer back to check the flashing. Also may need mason to tuck point the chimney.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 06, 2018

    Hi Susan! This is one of those projects that can cost a lot of time and money if not done properly. I would have a licensed roofer come in, who would guarantee their work. If you have a warrantee from the roofing installation, that might be a good avenue to explore.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 06, 2018

    I had the same problem with my 80 yo house. I had the roofer come out each year to recaulk around the fireplace as I was told the roof wasn't properly installed around it. $50

    I also had a new chimney cap of metal made to prevent water coming down it as it was a very wide chimney.

    here is the recommended style for the PNW torrential rains....

  • You should have a roofer come by as well as a mason to check on the chimney (I'm assuming it's brick). Leaks are so hard to find, they could be coming from the other side of the house.

  • J Brown J Brown on Jun 19, 2019

    You have described our problem exactly. For years many roof repairs, roof replacement, new cap all would seem fixed. Then would come the LONG soaking Florida rain and again the dreaded drip drip drip always after we had repaired the drywall. We finally used Seal Crete on the chimney bricks, sprayed heavy many coats and the problem was solved for quite some time. The Seal Crete goes on milky but dries clear so don't panic. You do need to reseal every couple years.

    Worked for us...