Older chimneys can be problematic when repairs are required due to wear out of the flashing, cracks in the chimney or flaking between the mortar joints. These cracks can be caused by the cold weather where moisture can make its way into the masonry, damaging it.
The topmost area of the interior walls of the chimney are the most vulnerable, as well as being the most difficult to notice unless you spend time on your roof. Unfortunately, neglect and lack of inspection often lead to the need for major repairs. This is understandable is most homeowner would not think to regularly inspect their chimneys especially when they are not in use.
Dampness can also appear in your attic caused by be a leak in the chimney crown. If there are hairline cracks in your chimney, it’s likely that water is entering during pounding rainstorms.
winds can also cause cracks in the mortar. It can take as long as a few months for mortar to reach its full strength. During this curing period, strong winds can create tension. This is why modern builders often insert steel rods into chimneys as they are building.
Keeping your chimney in good repair can be costly and this cost can be easily avoided if a chimney is no longer required by having the chimney removed where building consent is of course approved, We remove chimneys from top to bottom closing off the roof when done preventing the need for any costly chimney repairs in the future.
Removing a chimney however will not always will be possible in particular if you share a chimney with your neighbour and they do not want it removed. If you live in a conservation area or in a listed building you will require conservation area or listed building consent respectively for any works, whether internal or external, that materially affect the special architectural or historic interest of the building.
Removing chimney’s is a job that is best left to the professionals and is most definitely not a job for a DIYer. Our Chimney Removal process is as follows:
- Inform building control of the planned works.
- Lay down plywood sheets beside the chimney and inside the hearth, to protect the roof and hearth from dust, debris, falling mortar and bricks. Spread protective plastic around interior furniture and carpeting near the hearth.
- Set up a safe scaffolding system around the chimney using hook ladders, ladder jacks and planks. .
- Remove the chimney top down to the roof removing one brick at a time placing the mortar and bricks in a 5-gallon bucket for disposal.
- Tear out the old flashing and remove all broken, partial, or tarred slates.
- Take the chimney down below the roof. Lay a slate over the hole as a cover.
- Nail or screw roof boards into place to cover the hole using the same type of lumber that the roof is made of making sure the boards are same thickness as the existing roof decking.
- Install the replacement slates using as similar a type, size, shape and age as the existing slates and reusing the existing slates as much as possible.
- Finally installing a new ridge section leaving the chimney removal almost completely invisible when done.
We can remove your chimney at minimum cost to you. Call us for more details on 020 8346 2254 and speak to one of our advisors