Here at The Stove and Fireplace Builder we understand that having a chimney isn’t for everyone. If you no longer require the use of your chimney or its in need of too much costly repair – we can remove it for you.
Different options for dismantling your chimney;
Removal of Chimney Stack
Removal of the chimney stack from above the house but leaves the chimney breast in place as a feature to the property. This allows you to save money by keeping running costs down.
Removal of Chimney Breast
Removal of the chimney breast but leaves the stack above the roof. This is usually done to create more space downstairs, as well as keeping costs down. Please be aware that planning permission may be required. This is dependent on whether your house is a listed building and its location in the country. Removal of the chimney breast may not be possible on all properties as it is used for structural support.
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Full Chimney Removal
Full chimney removal requires everything up to and including the chimney breast to be taken out. Please be aware that this form of removal will leave a hole in your ceiling as well as your floor, so you may require a roofing service to rectify this.
It is highly recommended to let a professional dismantle your chimney to make sure it is done correctly and safely. When a chimney is not done by a professional there is an increased risk of harm coming to you or your property.
Potential hazards caused by DIY chimney dismantling include;
Falling Chimney Stacks
Chimney stacks are incredibly heavy and difficult to move – especially on a rooftop. If the bricks (or you) fall they could potentially injure yourself, someone else or cause damage to property.
Chimney breasts can be challenging to remove; this is dependent on the structural elements of the property. If a chimney breast is not removed correctly it could cause potentially harmful and even fatal consequences.
Chimney Soot Inhalation/Creosote Exposure
The removal of a chimney breast exposes the person removing it to a lot of soot and creosote inside of the chimney. The correct safety equipment needs to be worn in order to not fall victim to symptoms such as; skin and eye irritation, abdominal issues, lung hazard, and repertory risks.
If done incorrectly DIY chimney removal can end up costing more than it would originally if extensive damage is done.
If you’re unsure on whether chimney dismantling is the right decision for you;
- Could prove better for your health – chimneys in need of repair can cause damp in your home
- If you are not committed to maintaining your chimney they can begin to look unsightly as they start to erode and weather.
- Cheaper in the long run – dismantling your chimney will save you a lot of money on maintaining and repairing it in the long run.
- Depending on the size of the chimney, and how much of it you want removed, the removal of it can be a fairly speedy process when done by a professional. On average only taking a couple of days.
- May not be able to remove chimney due to property being listed or the rejection of planning permission.
- Chimney may be essential – many older houses use old gas central heating systems which use the chimney flue for getting rid of carbon monoxide.
- Can be expensive due to the scale of the job and after care e.g. needing to employ a roofer to patch up hole left behind by the chimney.
Still unsure if chimney dismantling is right for you? Get in contact for a chimney inspection/consultation.