Chimney Removal

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Old 03-26-15, 05:00 PM
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Chimney Removal

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I will be replacing part of my roof in a few weeks, and while up there I would like to remove the chimney and patch the hole.

My house was built in 1956 - what are the chances of this chimney containing asbestos? This is not, and to the best of my knowledge, was never connected to a fireplace - itís simply for ventilation.
 
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Old 03-26-15, 05:11 PM
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Ventilation of what? Was it used for flue for water heater or heat system? If it is a brick fireplace, I doubt it would have asbestos in it, but you could always have samples of the mortar tested to make sure.
 
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It currently vents the water heater, but Iím thinking it vented the furnace once upon a time, if not other things. it is red brick above the roof line, and cinder block below. There is some sort of pipe going up the middle. Iíll provide pics soon.
 
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If the chimney currently vents your water heater then it cannot be removed without providing a new exhaust/flue/chimney for your water heater.
 
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Yes, I plan on running a 3Ē vent up the cavity, out the roof, with a cap. I would prefer, since the WH is on an exterior wall, to vent it out the wall but that is directly under the back porch and I donít think thatís code.

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This is the base. I also hope to put a laundry chute where the chimney was, since it runs beside 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms.
 
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