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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:23 am 
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Please advise me....

I had a reputable local roofing company 1) replace a tired flat roof and 2) do the necessary chimney works to stop damp on my chimney breast wall and wet puddle inside the chimney base/fireplace.

The chimney work they did was 1)replace cowl with more suitable dome cowl and rebed in cement and silicon. 2)replace lead flushing to chimney.

When the work was done and before I signed it off I got the foreman to take my camera up there and take photos of all the work. It looked like a very good job to me. It comes guaranteed.

The problem is, when it rains, water still enters the chimney and still puddles on the tiled hearth. And the dampness in the chimney breast wall still hasn't dried after x months. I lodged a written complaint. The boss visited to check the work. He can't see how water is getting in other than perhaps "upward capillary action".

What exactly is he talking about? I have spent a lot of money but still have the damp problems. I can't re-paper the chimney wall or even just re-paint because it is still damp. I've bought a damp meter and it is giving damp reading that confirm this.

What can I do next? Hasthe roofing company met its obligations to me or should they be able to find and fix the problem?


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Is there much brickwork of the chimney exposed outside?

Pictures would be helpful.

It sounds like the building company have done their work professionally, but the work they have done hasnt got to the route of the problem. Im not sure its their fault as such. I suppose it depends whether they guaranteed their work would solve the damp, or they suggested doing the cowl and flashing as most likely cause but no guarantee of success.

The brickwork could be very porous so rain might get through to the inside bypassing the flashing. Or it could simply be getting in elsewhere.

If you are getting an actual puddle quickly after rain, that would suggest a direct path for rain to get through, maybe a hosepipe test would locate the entry point.

Does it happen in all rain, or just in strong wind?


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Also what is the age of the property ?

Does it have a damp proof course ?

Any down pipes in the vicinity ??

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