Leak in loft at chimney

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This morning I was woken by a dripping sound on the ceiling and I went into the loft to investigate. There are drips coming from the lead flashing area around the chimney and some of the timber is wet surrounding this.

Does anyone know how much repairing this is likely to cost? It's a two storey house with the chimney in the centre of the house. 1950s build.
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  • FreeBear
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    If you can find a roofer or chimney specialist prepared to do the work off a ladder, it could be under £500 (assuming an easy fix). If it requires scaffolding, budget £1500 and be happy if the final bill is around £1000.
    Up north, you may find it cheaper, in London, double the figures.
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  • I don’t think it possible to estimate costs on a single photo, you are going to need some quotes by local builders / roofing companies.

    Looks like this has been going on for some time and some of the sodden timbers may need replacing. What is the purpose of that lagged copper pipe attached to the chimney stack?
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    edited 27 December 2023 at 9:43AM
    I don’t think it possible to estimate costs on a single photo, you are going to need some quotes by local builders / roofing companies.

    Looks like this has been going on for some time and some of the sodden timbers may need replacing. What is the purpose of that lagged copper pipe attached to the chimney stack?
    I'm not sure what the pipe was for, there used to be a cold water tank up there and it may have been something to do with that but I find it odd too. Tank was removed 5 years ago when I got a combi boiler fitted. *Just looked outside at the roof and it's an overflow pipe.

    There are definitely old water stains in various parts of the roof. I've lived here 8 years and this is the first time I've heard drips hitting the ceiling. It's particularly wet and windy today.
  • stuart45
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    Is the chimney in use?
  • spaceboy
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    This is what it looks like outside. That long section of lead flashing is directly above that wet section of timber.
  • spaceboy
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    stuart45 said:
    Is the chimney in use?
    No, hasn't been in use in years.
  • stuart45
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    It might be worth taking it down to below roof height.
  • spaceboy said:
    stuart45 said:
    Is the chimney in use?
    No, hasn't been in use in years.
    In which cast I think I would be looking at having it removed. 
  • spaceboy
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    spaceboy said:
    stuart45 said:
    Is the chimney in use?
    No, hasn't been in use in years.
    In which cast I think I would be looking at having it removed. 
    Well there are over 100 houses like this in the area and none have had the chimney removed, which has always puzzled me. Walking to the shops just now I've noticed several have. Had the flashing repaired though taking the seal higher up the chimney.
  • MikeJXE
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    It looks to me in the corner where the ridge meets the chimney the flashing is missing 
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