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When rebuilding your chimney becomes necessary for safety (or other concerns), it can sound like an overwhelming project. However, when you know the steps involved in this type of masonry construction project, you'll find that a chimney rebuild is not as scary as it sounds. Rebuilding your chimney is necessary when brick replacement and tuckpointing are insufficient to repair it, or the chimney structure has been compromised.

Rewards and benefits of a rebuilt fireplace and chimney:

  • Improved fireplace performance and safety.

  • Making your chimney and fireplace code complaint.

  • Stop water leaks around the chimney.

  • Less patching and spot repairs of your system increases the home's value.

  • Enjoy the lower maintenance requirements of a functional fireplace and chimney system.

  • No back drafting issues.

  • Restore structural integrity.

While some chimney damages are apparent, you may need a chimney inspection to examine the hidden areas you cannot see with your eyes. Our inspectors use special video equipment to detect significant issues inside your flues.

The Importance of Inspection and Repairs

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly recommend having a chimney inspection conducted by a chimney service once a year.

Not only does this help prevent fires, but it's also a good idea to check for damage/wear and tear or signs of animals. A regular inspection can help check for the following:


  • Cracks

  • Creosote buildup

  • Water damage

  • Spalling Issues

  • Damaged crown

  • Cracked or damaged flue tiles or liners

  • Deteriorated flashing

  • Unwanted pests in the chimney

  • Obstructions or blockages

  • Earthquake damage


Even if you don't regularly use your fireplace, chimney inspections and repairs can help you spot a problem early and avoid future issues.

Different types of rebuilds


With rebuilds, there are different options, and what you need will depend on the severity of the damage.

The two types of services include partial and complete rebuilds.

A partial rebuild is when a single aspect of your chimney or firebox needs to be rebuilt, and the chimney is not entirely demoed and rebuilt from the ground up. 

A total or complete chimney rebuild includes taking the chimney down to the ground and rebuilding the whole structure. Total rebuilding is recommended when dealing with extensive damage, deterioration, and structural flaws. Another common issue that may result in the need for a rebuild is when the flue is too small compared to the opening of your fireplace. When your chimney is not code complaint, or if it’s tilting, leaning, cracking, spalling, or completely falling apart, then a rebuild is in your best interest. It will also boost the value of your home and improve resale value.






Preventing Leaks

As we mentioned earlier, a damaged chimney can result in leaks. Not only does this affect your chimney, but you can also get leaks in your home. You can avoid costly repairs by getting your chimney checked annually. Caps keep water, debris, and animals from entering your chimney, and flashing prevents water from seeping inside your chimney, causing leaks along the roof. Damage to these two components can lead to significant chimney leak problems. Having your chimney rebuilt means you won’t worry as much about these issues. New Caps, Flashing, and Cricket Systems are often installed during rebuilding to prevent leaks.



How Much Does It Cost to Rebuild a Chimney?

If you’re considering the reconstruction of one or more chimneys on your property, then you might wonder how much it costs. The short answer is that the cost of chimney rebuilding varies depending on the amount of work and supplies it will take to finish a project and the circumstances are unique to every home and situation. Contact us today for your quote.

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