Post # 1
I have a slow, sporadic drip of water coming through my fireplace. Heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy began in my area about 2 hours ago and they are expected to get much worse. For those of you with fireplaces, is this type of leak common in storms? I became a first time home owner this summer so I’m not sure what to expect. Thanks!
Post # 4
There can be many causes. Is your roof in good shape? Is the fireplace cap in good shape?
Does the dripping start as soon as it starts raining? Or, does it take a while? ( Water could be building up somewhere then overflowing).
There could be a problem with the flashing- the metal that covers the joint between the chimney and the roof.
You could have a crack in the brick or the mortar. There’s really not much you can do about it right now.
Later, when it’s dry, you could get someone up on the roof with a hose and have them aim the water at each side of the chimney. Someone in the house needs to watch for water starting to drip and call out immediately. That can hep isolate where to look for a crack.