Today we are having heavy rains here around San Antonio, TX and water
started dripping from my living room ceiling. The location is about 24"
from my chimney.
As soon as the lightning passed, I got up on the roof to inspect. I
couldn't really see anything out of place regarding the shingles in the
area, everything looked pretty okay. There was one suspect spot where I
applied some roofing tar "just in case."
I did find however, that one of the bricks that makes up the top of the
chimney was loose and came right out in my hand. It is on the side where
the water is showing. This seems too coincidental not to be related, though
I don't understand how it is constructed enough to know if there is a way
for rain to go in through those cracks in the grout and end up soaking the
Wouldn't the water just end up in the chimney or firebox? I covered that
brick with a board for now until I can get it repaired. I am waiting for
more rain (it is expected) so I can see if the water continues to come in.