Water In Basement Under Fireplace
Where i see water leak in the basement behind the wall there is ash pit with a clean out door about 6 inches by 6 inches.
Water in basement under fireplace. Why is there a hole in my basement wall under the fireplace. I don t know where you live but here in pennsylvania most ash pits are below ground level. Unless located in the tropics where home heating is unnecessary and fireplaces unheard of almost every house has a chimney of some type. One of the biggest culprits is damaged brick and mortar which allows water to leak downward to the basement.
Please disregard the other persons comment. Mar 30 2014 by matthew stock. In basement look for effloresence lime buildup or rusty stains on concrete slab leading toward chimney or on outside of chimney showing where water has run. There are several ways your chimney can contribute to water in your basement.
Have your unit inspected by the expert team at lindemann chimney service. If you apply a waterproofing material that physically blocks the pores of the brick or mortar the water is trapped inside the brick. It is enough opening to put my hand. That water does try to escape by falling i e.
Usually during after rain and sometimes snow. The ceilings are all dry. With heavy rain i can sometimes vacuum 2 3 gallons of water out at once. If you don t have water in your fireplace it has to be coming in through the ground.
The water weight or head pressure carries it toward the ground where it forces its way out of the bricks either inside or outside of the house. How to waterproof a leaking chimney. I get water in the basement by the chimney. That hasn t happened very often.
In firebox look kfor wster staining coming down chimney or wetness in firebox if wet there may be coming down brick to basement expecially if you have an ash chute. Art sounds like you need a chimney cap to keep the water out i resisted for the longest while then one day a guy came around selling and installing them for 40 50 bucks mine is even stainless steel it was a hell of a deal n the steel ones in the area all get rusty and require periodic maintenance they also keep the birds. Overtime and without repair broken and chipped brick and mortar worsens allowing even more water to collect downstairs. It appears to be coming through the wall right under the chimney cleanout door.
The only water marks i ve seen are from water that i don t catch in the fireplace running onto the floor and subsequently into the basement. I can touch the bottom of the ash pit and i felt puddle of water which is eventually making its way into the basement. My basement takes on water from time to time. It s a slow trickle but it can last for days.
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