Have you ever seen a really tall chimney column that just stands out in the neighborhood? We see them all the time and wonder if the residents are aware of their potential hazard. Did you know that the section from the roof to the top of the chimney can frequently be reduced in
Potential Collapse Hazard
A taller chimney that is not reinforced is a potential collapse hazard in general, especially when living in high wind areas or earthquake country. With concerns particularly around seismic liability, efficiency, and fire safety.
In general, an inefficient chimney can cause several problems and sometimes it is better to just get it removed or reduced in height. The Irish Sweep are experts in this area and have been spending many working days assisting their customers in chimney height reduction goals.
Reasons for Reduced Chimney Height
- Prior to installing a gas burning fireplace insert. This is a perfect time to reduce the height as it isn’t required for proper performance.
- Potential collapse hazard and seismic liability concerns. Especially if the chimney could collapse into a bedroom, frequently used living spaces and even where a car is parked in the garage or driveway.
- Reclaim space. If the chimney is interior to the home, customers sometimes want to reclaim the space in their house particularly if going through a remodel.
- Expert recommendation. If a structural engineer or similar profession deems this to be important.