DIY Forum

 

Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate HandymanUltimate Handyman on Pinterest

 

DIY Forum/Home improvement advice forum

 

 

A-Z CONTENTS | DISCLAIMER | DIY VIDEO | HOME | SAFETY FIRST | FORUM RULES

It is currently Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:36 am
Visit Thermo worx


Time zone: Europe/London [ DST ]




 

 


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:23 am 
Offline
Newly registered Member

Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:12 pm
Posts: 36
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 0 times
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?


Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on DeliciousShare on Google+
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:10 am 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:20 pm
Posts: 319
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 83 times
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?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:45 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:49 pm
Posts: 22211
Location: hants/dorset border
Has thanked: 1324 times
Been thanked: 3330 times
Also what is the age of the property ?

Does it have a damp proof course ?

Any down pipes in the vicinity ??

_________________
Verwood Handyman

Verwood Handyman


___________________________________________________________________

If you feel you have benefited from the Free advice given on the Forum, Please consider making a donation to UHM's Nominated charity, read all about it and donate here :

http://www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:09 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:36 am
Posts: 555
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 95 times
taking photos befor an after the work is best for you.this upwards stuff sounds like hes trying to say its rising damp - then why didnt he say that before messing about on the roof?
put the photos upof the stack and the chimney breast.
an its a bad job if its not worked, whats this using rebed in silicon on flaunching?thats bad
is the chimney breast on the flat roof or the main roof?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:40 pm 
Offline
Newly registered Member

Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:12 pm
Posts: 36
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 0 times
I'll get the photos up. It is hard to explain otherwise.

It's a 1940s bungalow, with pitched tiled roof. With a flat roofed garage attached. The chimney stack is located half way between the house and garage. The chimney is visible in the room and in the garage, it juts out into both, each half way. In the loft there is no chimney to see because it is outside at that level. Its a straight up red brick chimney. In the garage the chimney (and wall) is a different type of red brick. I think its called engineering brick.

I could see water staining on the garage ceiling plywood and the roofing felt on the outside was very old.
The roofers quoted for ply per sq.m cost but found it didn't need replacing, so that it wasn't billed. It was an all new roof on top of existing ply that the roofers did.

Plus new lead flushing to all 4 sides of the chimney stack.
And a new terracotta cowl was fitted. A different shape to the one I had before. I couldn't see the top of the chimney and they didn't takes photos of it for me.

I told the roofer about the water problems and he inspected and decided what needed doing. And quoted for that. I expected the works to cure the problem.

I've checked my guarantee and it says 10 years for all the works.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 


Similar topics
   

Time zone: Europe/London [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Visit Hilti


 

 

 

News News Site map Site map SitemapIndex SitemapIndex RSS Feed RSS Feed Channel list Channel list
ultimatehandyman privacy policy

Contact

 

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group

phpBB SEO