Chimney Maintenance

Things you should know about your Chimney Maintenance 

With wood burners and multi fuel stoves on the rise in the UK it is essential your chimney is in good condition and safe which would involve checking for blockages or structural failures/damages.

Bird Proofing

Before you can have your chimney bird proofed you will need to ensure there are no active bird nests or trapped birds inside your chimney. Under the Wildlife and Country Act, it is an offence to destroy or remove an active nest during the nesting season which is usually from March to August. It is necessary to wait until the end of August before checking that the nest is empty and can be removed. You may need to get in a chimney sweep to clear out the chimney when nesting has finished then you can bird proof the chimney.

Chimney Re-pointing

Re-pointing is an important part of your chimney’s upkeep and should be done by a professional roofer. Having your chimney re-pointed will ensure it is waterproof and secure and will save you money in the long run if the chimney should become unstable.

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Flash repair to chimney stack

Common causes of chimney leaks is down to the lead flashing, if this happens this can lead to all sorts of problems if not fixed. Most problems with lead flashing is down to poor installation so ensure you do your homework when choosing a roofing contractor to do these works. Sheet metal is installed ensuring the connection between the roof and the chimney is watertight. The minimum recommended depth for lead roof flashing to be set into a chase is 25mm,
Apron flashing (also known as cover flashing) is the most common type of flashing used in roofing applications, mainly due to its versatility. This type of flashing can be used on the front and backs of chimneys.
Step flashing allows a roof to abutt brickwork in situations where a lower height roof runs into a wall, a roof meets a chimney. The ‘step’ refers to the pattern created in the lead by a series of cuts that allows the lead to penetrate into the courses between the bricks that resemble the steps of a staircase. The reason for going to the trouble of creating the steps is so the bricks can remain un-cut and therefore undamaged, while it is also aesthetically pleasing.

Chimney Removal/Reduction

Chimney stack removal does not require planning permission unless you live in a listed building or in a conservation area, however you will need planning if you are having a chimney reduction. This option is normally chosen when the stack on a disused chimney needs to be repaired and it would be cheaper to just dismantle it to a point just below the roof tiles. The chimney breast is left in place. The chimney stack would be removed just below the roof tiles, then new timbers would be installed as well as felt to cover the hole, then tiles would be fixed to match the existing roof tiles.

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