Roof Leaking 1930s Semi Around - Chimney Area

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  1. tododo

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    Hi all

    We have a leak in the main roof of a 1930s semi - we think its around the chimney area as when the weather is blowing one way - its not too bad but when blowing the other way the chimney breast in the attic is wet - you can see its obviously wet

    The water is then going down the beams and also been dripping in the bedroom area - so it needs sorting now - I have a feeling its been like it since we moved in 12 years ago - the beams arent rotten yet but they dont look great at the ends where the water drips from them

    Me and my old man did go up there on a roof ladder a few years ago now - and had a look at the lead etc - and everything seemed OK - the brick chimney could probably do with a re-point as plants keep attaching to the motar - that was a while ago now so cant remember fully but it seemed OK at the time

    Last year we went up again on a roof ladder and as we are that many years older now with bad backs and dodgy ankles I decided we wont be doing it again this year ---- Anyway we went up this time to clear the chimney and fill in some cement in the valleys that had come loose which in itself was quite challening - we also had a small tree growing out the cement crown of the roof - so we removed that too

    So the roof is still leaking and I didnt think at the time we went up last year but that crown had a big crack in the motar - its got me thinking it maybe that

    Anyway called a few roofers yesterday and immediately they basically said you may need a new roof altogether - if thats the case thats fine but Im not convinced yet - we also dont want a new roof as we would then think of doing a attic conversion at the same time - but we cant do that as money is tight at the moment - so ideally a repair would be ideal just for now

    Anyway just seeing if the crown would let a lot of water in??? It was a decent root that came out

    I have a drone - I may send it up there and post on here to see what you guys think

    Anyway this year we will be getting some scaffolding if we do go up - but will see what some of the roofers say first and also any ideas from here

    Thanks all
     
  2. Nige F

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    Pictures from your drone will be good(y)
     
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    Here you go

    Heres a video - it was a bit windy - got a bit too close at times!

    Google is still processing the video but should be in 1080p later on (its only 360p at the moment)

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/1GHJsYd6kDFrBUL87

    The crack isnt clear but its around the 1.27min mark at the bottom right of screen if that makes sense - you can also see we put flash band on the ridge tile against the lead too

    Looks ok to me but its hard to see - that plant is comming back already and we only did it last summer
     
  5. Harry Bloomfield

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    Entire chimney needs repointing and the top re-flaunching.

    I cannot see any obvious problem with the roof.
     
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    Thanks - will try and get some scaffolding in then this time - as we can do that - some of the motar joints are really thin - just a strong sand cement mix for everthing? 3:1??

    Neighbour is in the building trade too so maybe able to get someone he knows for a decent price
     
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