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When it rains hard, I get a decent amount of water coming in through my chimney. Is this normal? What can I do to minimize this?

It's a relatively new house; it has a guard on top, and the chimney is in great shape.

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OK, I can say it's not normal. Things we need to know: Is the chimney brick or is it wood-sided? Is the flue clay (orange pipe sticking out) or is it metal? Is the cap on the chimney masonry or metal? There's a LARGE number of places it could leak from. Best bet is to post a picture of the chimney ... taken from up on the roof if at all possible. –  Karl Katzke Feb 14 '12 at 3:57
    
Brick chimney with a cap on top, which is metal I believe. I think the flue is metal, honestly haven't looked at it yet. Good idea, I'll do that. –  Brian Mains Feb 14 '12 at 12:28
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Is there a chimney cap? If not, start there. If there is a chimney cap, and it's a brick chimney, odds are you have cracks and/or missing mortar--at which point I'd say your chimney is unsafe...both as a combustion exhaust (you don't want fumes leaking into the house) and as a safety issue (falling bricks hurt). I'd call out a licensed chimney inspector/cleaner/sweep.

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There is a cap, thanks. –  Brian Mains Feb 14 '12 at 12:27
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