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Roof Leak or Chimney leak Knoxville, TN

When determining what makes a chimney leak, it is essential to look at several things.  The bricks or siding can undoubtedly be a cause.  A bad or worn-out chimney cap can cause roof leaks.  And the flashing that is where the chimney meets the shingles will be a common reason that chimneys leak.

On this page, Litespeed Construction describes what caused this chimney to leak.

Brick and mortar soaking up water

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    Moisture Reading at the brick of the chimney.

    As you can see, the moisture level is higher than it should be. The average level is about 16 to 21 percent. The levels on this chimney are 89.2 and 70.8.

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    Additional moisture readings.

    Moisture levels are above 82 percent. This means water is penetrating the brick and mortar. They are soaking it up like a sponge and getting in the house. 

     

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    Holes and cracks in brick and mortar

    Note the openings, cracks, and missing mortar on the chimney.

    This is a picture of Holes and cracks in brick and mortar

     

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View from corner of chimney

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    Mortar breaking apart

    Another very large hole in the mortar in which water can penetrate. 

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    More areas for water to get in.

    Just another couple of places for water to get in. From failing brick and mortar. 

     

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