Water damage to chimney stack.

This isn't exactly a diy question, although it might be in the future.
I have discovered that the chimney breast in the loft area of my house
is totally saturated with water. There's fungus on the bricks and the
mortar can be picked out with bare fingers. At the very least the
stack itself in the loft will have to be rebuilt.
Now to the real question. The damage is a consequence of the next door
neighbour's chimney not having any flashing (the two chimneys are in
one stack) so what can I do? I want to get any repairs paid for by the
neighbour, but how do I go about this? Has anyone had a similar
situation where the neighbour's lack of maintenance to their house has
caused damage to your property? If so can you offer any advice please?
Reply to
clangers_snout
I suggest you have a word with your insurance co
Colin
> This isn't exactly a diy question, although it might be in the future. > I have discovered that the chimney breast in the loft area of my house > is totally saturated with water. There's fungus on the bricks and the > mortar can be picked out with bare fingers. At the very least the > stack itself in the loft will have to be rebuilt. > > Now to the real question. The damage is a consequence of the next door > neighbour's chimney not having any flashing (the two chimneys are in > one stack) so what can I do? I want to get any repairs paid for by the > neighbour, but how do I go about this? Has anyone had a similar > situation where the neighbour's lack of maintenance to their house has > caused damage to your property? If so can you offer any advice please? >
Reply to
Colin Jackson
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
I suggest you research the "Party Wall Act". Can't promise, but it may just be relevant.
Reply to
Roger Mills
In article , clangers snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.co.uk writes:
I doubt your diagnosis is correct. I can't see how missing flashing on the other side of the stack could have this effect.
Reply to
Andrew Gabriel
wrote:
Might be worth asking this on one of the legal newsgroups, or a local solicitor will be able to advise. I don't know whether the small claims court is a possibility in these circumstances. If it is, you will probably need to get an independent building surveyor's report to support your claim. Whose diagnosis is this? Has a roofer or building surveyor been up there to inspect the problem? If you have building insurance then they should be informed although you may not be covered for lack of maintenance/wear and tear on your part, but it may be different if this is neglect on your neighbour's part. Good luck.
Reply to
DIY
This is more appropriate to uk.legal.moderated than here, but anyway.
IANAL. Your neighbour is only liable if he has been negligent - usually because he knew that damage was occurring. Also note that if you sue your neighbour, when (if) you come to sell your house you will have to disclose this as a dispute with your neighbour - and that will knock a /significant/ chunk off the value of your house.
If your stack is falling to pieces, then his is probably doing the same. This is going to be a major piece of work, and you ought to arrange to fix it together (only one lot of scaffolding for starters).
How long has this been going on?
Fungus doesn't feed on bricks, so if there is any fungus, it must be feeding on something else - probably somebody's rafters. It may be dry (as opposed to wet) rot. The good news is that once the source of moisture is removed, the dry rot will die; the bad news is that it may have already seriously damaged wood a long way from the dampness.
I think you need to start talking to your neighbour - at the very least you need to get this fixed ASAP before any further damage occurs. Do try and get it done by mutual agreement - it will be much less stressful, and probably cheaper than a successful court case (and obviously MUCH cheaper than an unsuccessful one).
Reply to
Martin Bonner

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