Chimney Height Violations: The 3’:2’:10’ Rule
For Safety purposes, building code requires that a chimney must meet the 3:2:10 requirement. The 3:2:10 requiremnt states that the chimney must terminate at least 3 feet above the highest point of the roof that it penetrates, and be at least 2 feet higher than anything within an imaginary 10’ horizontal radius encompassing the top of the chimney.
This requirement is primarily for two reasons:
1. To ensure nearby combustible objects are less likely to catch fire. Objects such as trees, roofs gables, walls, etc. must all be kept at a respectable distance to prevent an unintentional fire.
2. To keep your fireplace from smoking into your home by trying to ensure the chimney will draft properly. If the top of your chimney is too close to an adjacent object such as a tree, wall, or nearby building, wind may create a high pressure plane that may push air down your chimney and force smoke into your home. In some situations, even though your chimney meets minimum height requirements, it may still need to be extended higher in order to draft properly.
If your chimney is not tall enough to meet minimum building code, A to Z is very experienced at extending chimneys to their proper heights. When it comes to your chimney’s safety and performance, A to Z goes to great “lengths” in ensuring your safety and comfort aren’t “short” changed!
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Everything from your company has been done in a professional manner! The person who came out to sweep my chimneys answered all my questions with pictures and a book full of before and after pictures of the most commonly needed repairs, and I was very impressed. Later on, you came back out to install chimney caps on both fireplaces. I was very please with all your work. And yes, when I need another chimney cleaning, I’ll definitely use A to Z again. You are professional and I give you very high marks!
~ Steve and Paula Nagrabske, Folsom, CA
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