rock fireplace leaks inside

Texas, United States   

Our stone fireplace leaks inside on the left and right hearth of the wall. 

We have covered the top of the fireplace and had three new roofs put on.  The flashing has been replaced twice and the last time a 316 stainless steel cricket and on 3 sides two feet of stainless steel was installed.

I have applied caulking to the outside where gaps in the rock and mortar were. 

This has been going on for 27 years. 

The contractor in the beginning sprayed a water seal on the entire outside of the fireplace.  Still leaks. 

Should I considered cutting the fireplace off at the roof line and just roofing over it.

 

 

 

 

 

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by ChimneyChick | March 10, 2015 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

IF the fireplace is leaking into the home then it may be a flashing problem but I will explain what happened to us. I went into the atticf and found a water mark from a tiny hole in the roof that led to the fireplace. This water ran down the line of the roof and ended at the fireplace chimney and then pooled and ran down. A trip into the attic is called upon so you can back track any water run marks on the inner side of the roof.
Do this before YOU TEAR OUT THE CHIMNEY..
If there are no water tracks then you need to redo ALL the flashings around the chimney. If the fireplace is NOT being used and will never be used, then tear out the chimney and re roof over the opening.

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