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Rebuilding a Brick Chimney

Temporary repairs are the common solution to a failing chimney, but often, a better choice is tearing down and rebuilding

Although most homeowners probably don't think much about their chimneys, they should. When problems become apparent, it's often too late for simple repairs. Mason Brendon Mostecki says that when chimney problems arise, the best bet is often tearing down and rebuilding. Mostecki says that chimney life depends on a few factors: climate, usage, construction. To replace a chimney for a long life, Mostecki starts rebuilding the bricks on a stable base, then works to get the height right. He also promotes regular maintenance to enhance a chimney's life span. This article includes a sidebar about choosing proper brick size when rebuilding or repairing a chimney.

Rebuilding a Brick Chimney

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