The Chimney Removal Preparation Guide

What You'll Need
Plastic sheeting or tarpaulin
Tape measure
Safety equipment

The process of chimney removal not only requires that you understand the amount of rectification work needed, but also that you prepare fully. By undertaking some preliminary work, you can do everything possible to help the project go smoothly.

Step 1 – Extent of Removal

The first thing you must do when thinking abut chimney removal is to decide whether you want a full or partial removal. It is possible to remove the chimney stack while retaining the chimney breast, which you may want to do if it is particularly decorative or is a feature of your home. However, removing the entire chimney will create more space in your home though it will require more labor.

Step 2 – Permits

Before beginning any chimney removal work, you must get the necessary permission to do so. The local authority should be contacted to make sure that the work is allowed in the zoning area that your property falls in. As the removal of the chimney will affect the structure of the building, it may need to be inspected to ensure that it does not result in a defect. The work that is undertaken must comply with building regulations so that there is no question that it is up to standard.

Step 3 – Gather Tools

To ensure that the chimney removal process does not encounter any delays, you should gather together all of the tools that you will need for the entire project. The use of some specialist tools may be required, such as a power saw to cut the chimney lining, and these can be hired for the length of time it takes to complete the project. Make sure that you have all the required equipment to undertake the rectification work required after the chimney has been removed, for example, sufficient drywall will be needed to reinstate the wall in the gap that will be left in the room. Investigate the existing materials that make up your home so that you can obtain the same materials to complete the repair work. Do not forget all the sundry items that will be required during the process, such as some plastic sheeting to cover the hole in the roof during adverse weather conditions.    

Step 4 – Protect Area

Like any project that requires a significant amount of disassembly, the process of chimney removal can be an untidy one which can create a significant amount of debris. If you are unable to move the furniture in the room where the chimney breast is located, cover it with plastic sheeting to protect it from any particles that will be stirred up by the work. If the chimney stack is close to a neighboring property, plan the work to ensure that this property will not be affected or damaged. If you are undertaking the work yourself, hire the relevant safety equipment that will allow you to work on the roof.