Rebuilding a chimney is a significant investment…but sometimes it’s necessary if your chimney shows signs of extensive damage. If you think your chimney needs to be rebuilt, or if you want to have your chimney inspected to be sure, the professionals at Dunrite Chimney and Stove are here to help with all of your chimney and fireplace needs.

Our crew is eager to help you out. Call or schedule with us online today.

How Often Should I Inspect My Chimney for Damage?

As a homeowner, there are certainly things you can be watching for to note if your chimney needs repairs – signs of leaks or water damage, cracks in your mortar, a damaged chimney crown, efficiency issues, etc.

That said, it’s imperative to have your chimney inspected by a professional at least once a year, no matter where you believe your system stands.

After these overviews, certified techs (like the ones here at Dunrite), can figure if any damages are hidden, what services you need, and what the best course of action would be moving forward.

Can I Repair My Chimney Instead of Rebuilding It?

If the damage is minimal, it may be possible to repair the chimney instead of rebuilding it. However, if the damage is severe or affects the chimney’s structural integrity, rebuilding may be necessary.

Scenarios when a chimney rebuild may be required over a repair include:

  • You have extensive brick damage. If the chimney bricks are severely cracked, spalling (flaking), or crumbling, it may indicate widespread deterioration throughout the structure. In such cases, rebuilding the chimney with new bricks may be the most effective solution.
  • Your chimney is collapsed or leaning. A chimney that has collapsed or is leaning significantly poses a serious safety hazard and typically requires complete rebuilding. Attempting to repair such structural failures may not provide a long-lasting solution – and could compromise the stability of the chimney.
  • Your chimney has foundation issues. Damage to the chimney’s foundation, such as settlement, shifting, or cracks, can compromise the stability of the entire structure. Rebuilding the chimney may be necessary to address underlying foundation problems and ensure proper support.
  • You’ve experienced a chimney fire. Chimneys that have sustained fire damage, such as cracked flue liners or charred bricks, may require rebuilding to restore safety and functionality. Fire can weaken the structural integrity of the chimney, making repairs insufficient to address the damage adequately.
  • Your chimney isn’t up to code. In some cases, chimney repair may not bring the structure up to current building codes or safety standards. If the existing chimney does not meet code requirements or poses safety risks, rebuilding may be necessary to ensure compliance and safety.
  • You don’t like the appearance of your chimney. Homeowners may opt for chimney rebuilding if they want to completely change the appearance or design of the chimney. This could involve altering the chimney’s height, adding decorative elements, or using different materials.

Whatever your situation, consulting with a qualified chimney professional is crucial for assessing the extent of the damage and determining whether repair or rebuild is the most appropriate solution. Get in touch with our experts today – we’re here to help.

Why Are Spring & Summer Chimney Repairs & Rebuilds Ideal?

original infographic stating why spring and summer are best for chimney repairs
  1. Ideal Weather Conditions: Spring and summer typically offer more favorable weather conditions for outdoor projects. With warmer temperatures and lower chances of precipitation, it’s easier for chimney repair professionals to work safely and efficiently – and for our materials to cure properly, ensuring the best results.
  2. Higher Availability: Chimney repair companies tend to be less busy during spring and summer compared to fall and winter. Scheduling repairs during these seasons may offer more flexibility and shorter wait times for appointments.
  3. Prevention of Bigger & More Costly Issues: Conducting repairs during spring and summer allows sweeps to identify and promptly address any damage or deterioration that may have occurred during the previous winter. Addressing issues sooner rather than later can prevent them from worsening over time – and becoming more expensive to address.
  4. Less Fireside Disruption: Who wants a technician working on their fireplace in the cold months when you want to be using it the most? Rather, book maintenance during the hot spring and summer seasons…when you likely won’t be wanting to light any fires, anyway. Addressing chimney repairs during the warmer months ensures that your chimney is in optimal condition before the colder seasons arrive and you want to use it.

Can I Rebuild My Chimney Myself?

It’s advisable to always hire a professional chimney contractor with experience in rebuilding chimneys.

Why? Because rebuilds (and even the most basic-seeming repairs) are always more complex than that DIY tutorial video you found makes them seem. If not properly rebuilt, they may not withstand the elements or meet building codes – which are in place to ensure safety and efficiency.

Safety risks include:

  • Chimneys are designed to safely vent smoke and gases from the fireplace or heating appliance. Improperly constructed chimneys can increase the risk of chimney fires or carbon monoxide leaks, posing a danger to occupants.
  • Poorly constructed chimneys can lead to structural issues or even collapse, endangering occupants and neighboring properties.
  • Chimneys are often tall structures, and working at height poses significant safety risks, especially if you’re not experienced with such tasks. Falls from height can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

Safety aside, there are plenty of other ways chimney rebuilds can go awry, as well. For instance, chimneys have intricate designs and require specific materials and techniques for proper construction. If results don’t turn out great, your aesthetic could suffer, lowering your home value in the process.

In addition, your efficiency levels may suffer, forcing energy bills up during cold months.

And, yes, while DIY projects often aim to save money, chimney rebuilding requires specialized tools and materials that you’ll likely need to invest in. Then, if mistakes occur, you may end up spending more to rectify them or hire professionals to complete the job properly.

Will Rebuilding My Chimney Increase My Homeowner’s Insurance?

On the contrary, many find that rebuilding their chimney actually decreases their homeowner’s insurance – and it’s also likely to lower your premiums in the long run due to the improved safety and reduced risk of damage or hazards.

That said, all policies vary – be sure to reach out to your insurance agent with questions.

How Long Does It Take to Rebuild a Chimney?

The time it takes to rebuild a chimney depends on several factors, including the extent of the damage, the chimney’s accessibility, and the weather conditions. It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the project.

Want specifics on your project? We recommend booking an inspection, so that our sweeps can see where you stand.


Seeking Chimney & Fireplace Repair Services Near Centereach?

Are you looking for reliable chimney and fireplace repair and rebuild services in Centereach and beyond? Look no further! The team at Dunrite Chimney has been serving the residents in the area for years, and we’d love the chance to prove ourselves to you.

Give us a call or schedule online today – we’d love to hear from you.