Chim Chimney

We’ve learned lots of things about what happens to a house when it’s not lived in for 10+ years. Bugs – you betcha! Musty smells – yep! Chimney’s that leak water into your living room when it rains – we’ve got that, too.

And one thing about the South in the summer, it sure does know how to rain. Inches come down in minutes and before you know it, your once cozy living room looks like this (this was when we had our appliances delivered).

Water FromChimney

A bit of a shock to the system, needless to say … this little surprise also meant that the chimney repair that we knew we’d need to do at some point, ya know, far down the line in the future, just got bumped to the front of the list. GRUMBLE.

We had gotten a quote for a chimney repair before we moved in, and they said it would cost just north ofย $2k to fix our issue. Sigh. Since I didn’t feel like spending $2k, we decided to shop around a bit and got the price down to $1,700 once we found a 10% off coupon from a competitor. Still a sizable chunk of money for something, well, I really didn’t want to be spending money on. Chimney repairs are right up there with root canals in my book. Necessary, but expensive and not something you really look forward to.

Alas, our chimney looked like this.

Cost to Repoint Fireplace

Here are some of the photos that the crew took, so you can get an idea of the level of gappiness that we were talking about.

How to Repoint Chimney

Another close-up, showing the crack in the top cement pad as well.

Damaged Chimney

Remember when we moved in, and there were a bunch of birds in our house? Creepy, but true.

Birds Getting Into House

Turns out that was from the fact that our chimney was completely open on the top. No cap, no nothing. Just two big holes letting rain, and wildlife in and our AC and heat come winter – out. Eeek!

Repointing Chimney

So, we chatted with the chimney folks about what our options were and we came up with this list as our first round of chimney improvements:

  • Repoint of existing brick (adding new mortar in) and water proofing the chimney exterior (10 year warranty)
  • Installation of new concrete pad crown
  • Installation of new multi-flue chimney cap

And after their crew came through, our chimney looked like this (still sans the chimney cap):

Cost to Repoint Chimney

Here is a close up side angle view, so you can see all the repointing work that was done, too.

Repointed Chimney

After they left, I snapped a photo from down on the ground, too. Things are definitely looking better and much more importantly, no more leaking into the Living Room! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Repointing Chimney

6 thoughts on “Chim Chimney

  1. Oh that would be so frustrating!! Glad you got the leaking issue taken care of ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know the perils of uncapped vents… In college our dryer vent became home to a robin and her eggs. Let’s just say that by the time we got the nest out, the eggs were literally hard-boiled! poor birdies!

  2. We found out the hard way last winter that none of our 3 chimneys were capped…our heat bill was nauseating! They were just sucking all the warm air right out! It’s annoying to spend such a big chunk on the boring stuff and not the pretty stuff, but SO worth it! You’ll be very happy in the winter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh nooo! We just had to replace our shingles. You’re right, it is ZERO fun spending money on stuff like that…the whole time I kept thinking of all the fun and pretty things I could be doing with all that money. But then I guess if the roof is bad all those pretty things would be ruined anyway. Here’s to hoping for some fun ways to spend money in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, that’s how we’ve been looking at it. I’ve been dying to get a rug for the living room, but didn’t want to drop the dough until we could make sure it wasn’t going to get wet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It does feel better to have it taken care of.

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