New Chimney leaking into Attic
I have a new construction and we were just about to insulate and drywall when we were hit by a heavy rain storm. Up to this point we had many different rain days with no problems, but this was the first wind driven rain.
The bricks coming thru from the outside to the inside were saturated and I could see the water dripping down from an overhanging piece of roofing paper.
The exterior of the house and the chimney are all brick. The roofer came out while it was still dripping and said he would come back when it had dried up to see what was going on, but said the bricks are new so they are probably just getting their first soak. This doesn't make sense to me.
The Quadrafire installer came out and completely checked the cap and no signs of leaking there. The lightening rods are sealed and not leaking. The wood inside the chase is not wet.
I've been reading contractortalk forums for the last few hours and am concerned because I've read that extended wind driven rain can penetrate the brick, allowing water to run down the inside of the brick. If this is the case, no amount of flashing will help keep rain from running into the attic.
My carpenter thinks it is a flashing issue and from what I've read on contractor talk, I'm thinking it is too. There is approx 4" of flashing around the base of the chimney. However, I'm not expert so hope someone on here can help me. Is this a construction issue, flashing issue or masonry issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. So far everyone is trying to blame everyone else and I don't care whose fault it is, I just want it fixed!
I have photos for you to see the situation, but after trying both png and jpg images, the system kept saying "This is not a valid image file". I gave up so hope my description is enough.