Return to the Home Disasters Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Rain down flue

Posted by arapaho (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 8, 07 at 23:49

We are getting rain down our flue. There is a cap on both the flue and chimney. It's enough rain to flood the cellar. Can anyone help me understand why this is happening and what we need to do to fix it? Thank you.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Rain down flue

Are you in a detached house? Do you own or rent? Have you contacted a roofer or your original contractor?


 o
RE: Rain down flue

How do you know it is coming down the flue?

You may be able to locate the source of the breech by watering the roof when it is dry and seeing exactly where the water is coming in.


 o
RE: Rain down flue

There is no way even in a downpour ofs everal hours, that you could get enough water down a flue to "flood your basement.
To see for yourself just how much water could come through the chimney, put 4 inches of water in a 5 gallon bucket....then dump it out on the drive way and see just how much water it is. Then put 1 inch in the bucket, a more moderate amount for even a heavy rain and see how little that is.
Your water is coming from somewhere else.
Linda C


 o
RE: Rain down flue

are you sure it is coming from there and not ground water entering thru the walls? maybe your sump pump is not functioning.


 o
RE: Rain down flue

Maybe the water is coming down the outside of the flue, because of a flashing or roof defect?


 o
RE: Rain down flue

I'm with the flashing / roof defect person. Seen this issue before, started out appearing as rain coming down in chimney, had had a tree fall and thought it damaged the cap on the chimney. Then one toad strangler of a rainy night wall above fireplace developed that oh oh bulge...

Issue was damaged flashing.

Have a good roofer you trust look to be sure.


 o
RE: Rain down flue

We had that happen when we had our first good storm after moving into our tract. Lots of people in our tract of a few hundred homes had that problem from the same storm. The builder resolved the problem with a chimney cap and sealing the brick on the chimney and firebox.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Home Disasters Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here