Chimney questions and answers.
Chimneys are a vital part of the workings of a building, providing a means of dispersing hot poisonous gases in the winter and allowing good internal ventilation in the summer. It is important they are regularly checked and maintained. Below are some of the more frequent queries asked by householders.
How dangerous are faulty chimneys?
RICS surveyors are required to comment on the condition of chimneys when conducting building surveys and valuations for mortgage lenders. Faulty stacks and flues are considered highly dangerous and repair work is often a condition of any mortgage offer.
Does my Household Insurance have special requirements?
Household Insurers require properties to be regularly maintained so as not to cause any nuisance or danger to neighbours, visitors or passers by. Failure to keep a chimney in good order may lead to the policy being voided. This is particulary important for landlords of tenanted properties as they become criminally liable for any injuries caused to their tenants or other third parties.
How easy is it to reline my chimney?
There are many variable factors to take into account. Age of house, accessibility of chimney stacks, appliance used, previous building works, householders budget and requirements. All of these and other factors are considered after a detailed site visit and survey has been undertaken.
What does relining a chimney cost?
As above it is difficult to estimate without a site visit and thorough survey. These will determine the method and type of lining best suited to the circumstances, but what ever the costs, they are likely to be considerably cheaper than the remedial work required following a chimney failure.
DIY Chimney Repairs and Lining.
There is not a single building professional who is likely to recommend this option. All building works associated with chimney flues are controlled services and must be approved by Local Authority Building Control Departments or signed off by qualified HETAS engineers. Safety First is our keyword where chimneys are concerned.
Do I have to line my chimney for a woodburning stove?
Yes…..Although it may be technically possible to install a woodburning stove into a modern house without a liner, as a general rule plan to have the chimney lined for greater efficiency and safety, and to permit the installation to conform with current Building Regulations
Can I fit a stove into a conservatory or flat roof extension?
If no chimney is present, an independent flue system must be installed terminating at above the ridge height of the main roof of the building. The costs of the system along with the necessary alterations to the conservatory or flat roof may be prohibitive.
We are a Birmingham based family business with over 25 years experience in the specialist fields of fires, flues, and chimneys for smoke control areas. We are happy to travel throughout the UK, and would be pleased to discuss any specific projects or requirements, clients may have.