Chimney & Fireplace Demolition Considerations

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There’s nothing quite like curling up next to a fire with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and a blanket on a winter’s day...or is there? For some homeowners, the quaint mystique of having a chimney is lost on them. They’d prefer other uses for the spaces that the fireplace takes up. Before you hire a demolition professional to remove your fireplace and chimney system in your home altogether, there are a few aspects of this job to consider. 

The Two Parts

Though most consider the chimney to be one structure, the average home chimney system is divided into two parts. 

Stack

The stack of a chimney is the length of the chimney that extends from the roof. This is frequently what most consider the “chimney” when thinking about a home chimney system.

Breast

The breast of a chimney contains all of the components of the system within the home. The breast is comprised of the flu that directs smoke and heat up to the stack. Depending on which floor from which a chimney or fireplace system is accessible, this breast piece extends up the wall or the column from the fireplace beyond the roof.

Considerations

Structural Integrity

Before hiring a demolition professional to remove your fireplace, breast, and stack of your chimney, keep in mind that the chimney system may play a role in the structural integrity of your home. In many older homes, the fireplace and chimney may have been one of the first constructed of the structure. Removing these elements may compromise the structural integrity of different aspects of your home. 

Cost of the Demolition

Many fireplaces and chimneys are deeply integrated into the design of the home. This integral aspect of their construction can make demolitions of chimneys a costly and lengthy process. Another cost of chimney demolition may be to the resell value of a home with a removed chimney. If your home is older and more traditional, buyers may expect a chimney somewhere on the premises. Not having one may lower the resell value of the property.

Alternatives To Full Chimney Demolition

Depending on your motivation for wanting chimney demolition, there may be less costly and less severe alternatives to full destruction. 

Flue Closure

If the reason you want your chimney demolished is due to fireplace inactivity or possibly a leaking flue, you may consider a flu sealing or flue closure. This is a relatively simple process in which the chimney flue is sealed shut. While the fireplace, breast, and chimney would remain intact, this would remove any issues associated with the leaking flue or fireplace inactivity. 

Partial Demolition

Stack Removal

If the chimney stack is overly damaged or the fireplace is no longer in operation, it is possible to close the flue and remove the chimney stack. This would only impact the function of the chimney and the aesthetic value of the home from the exterior. 

Fireplace Breast Demolition

If you’re looking to utilize the space occupied by the fireplace or breast, these components can be demolished. In certain instances, the stack can be left on the roof, though in many instances, these pieces are connected—making leaving the stack with no breast structurally unsound. This depends on the nature of the chimney structure. 

Consult a Professional

As is the case with any home demolition, we must insist that you consult a demolition professional as well as local ordinances that legislate such home modifications. These consultations will not only keep you out of financial and legal trouble but also keep your family safe from structural inadequacies. 

Demolition Serving Greater Tulsa, OK

If you’re looking for demolition services in the Greater Tulsa, OK area, feel free to reach out to the friendly demolition professionals from DT Specialized Services. 

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