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, roof 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!
A chase pan is like a roof over your prefabricated chimney and your chimney needs one to keep out water! Call on A to Z to make this and other needed repairs so you don’t have to worry.
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This was my first experience having my chimney cleaned and I wasn’t sure quite what to expect! I was very impressed with how careful the technician was to ensure that nothing got on our carpet or couches using tarps and a special vacuum to filter the air and ensure no soot got into the home.
It was a good feeling when your technician started setting up and took the time to assure me he would leave my home as clean as he found it.
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~ Tim Sullivan, Antelope, CA
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