Older homes frequently have structural issues to address and that can include the need for chimney restoration. You may be surprised by the amount of work it takes to bring a chimney from old to new with updated standards and building codes.Maintaining the historic appearance in homes built prior to 1920 can be a challenge, while still recognizing new safety standards of chimney and most importantly chimney liners. Liners keep your home and family safe. They work to keep the gasses and toxic fumes outside of your home and chimney itself. (Reference: Why Does Smoke Come Down Our Chimney? ) Clay liners existed in the 1860’s but were not required in code until 1927. Those codes weren’t enforced until the 1940’s.
Flue liners are critically important that this is something you should be quick to address in your historic chimney.
It’s best to have a professional inspect the chimney prior to purchasing if considering a historic home possibly requiring a chimney restoration. These type projects are not always cheap and can cost more than many other type restorations. Standard home inspectors do not typically have training for chimney’s, so you’ll want an industry expert to inspect when you are considering a historic home and home needing potential restoration.
The first step in a chimney restoration is to determine the correct size and type of liner that is best to the fireplace. Our experts here at Dayco General are experienced in making these determinations. This is very rarely a do-it-yourself project.
Next consider the smoke chamber which is just above the damper and leans in to support the flue liner. This is where they used to smoke meat in some older homes, so you could find some strange doors into the fireplace to allow access to this area of the chimney. It is essential that those be sealed with masonry and refractory mortar to keep heat inside.
Fireplaces need to be the appropriate size for current code as well. Historic homes sometimes have fireplaces to shallow to burn wood. They were originally coal burning or ceramic heaters. Those original types of fires are very dangerous and emit carbon monoxide. These small fireplaces can sometimes be modified safely to a gas burning fireplace and is a safe way to do chimney restoration that meets today’s standards.
Lastly, ensure the exterior is inspected for missing and damaged bricks or stones. Historic mortar was sometimes thin especially in Victorian-era chimneys. It can get complicated to find experts to match bricks and mortar of these old building styles. In some cases, special order bricks will take months to be obtained.
Our experts at Dayco General work to transform old historic chimneys into safe efficient heat sources for today’s modern standards.
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