So this was a particularly scary inspection to say the least! The back story is that the client was having issues with water intrusion leaking onto the ceiling around the chimney. Let’s make this one interactive…
Starting in the attic I see that getting to the chimney area is not going to be easy!
After maneuvering around and crawling on the trusses/insulation, I make it to the chimney.
The moisture meter and infrared imaging pick up active water intrusion below the flashing so that part was solved pretty quickly. Now for the scary part..
The chimney was supported by wood framing that had been impacted by the water intrusion and was beginning to come apart!
Literally a ton of bricks in the attic that were barely supported from below. Definitely and tough fix and more importantly a life safety concern.
Yet another reason to have your chimney inspected by a professional chimney sweep.