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|Seismic Issues in
San Diego County:
Assessing Chimney Damage
Although rare, major earthquakes can cause significant damage to your
home's fireplace and chimney.
Like the rest of southern California, San Diego County has a number of
active earthquake faults. Minor earthquakes and other seismic activity
occur frequently over the years and can contribute to chimney damage in
the form of cracks, loose mortar, loose bricks, and damage to your
first thing to do after an earthquake or "seismic event" is to see if
the chimney has been damaged. It may be not have been damaged at all.
Generally re-inforced masonry chimneys built to modern codes are able
to withstand the forces imposed by earthquakes and are not usually
damaged at all. Older chimneys or new chimneys that have not been built
in accordance with modern codes and may not have the proper
re-inforcing are much more likely to be damaged in a earthquake.
Look closely at the chimney. See if it has pulled away form the house.
Look for exterior cracks or loose bricks. Look for jogs and
incontinuities. Is the chimney straight?
After a brief visual inspection, if you have any reason to think the
chimney may have been damaged, hire a professional chimney inspector to
evaluate the chimney.
the chimney is used to vent a furnace or other appliance used for
primary heating it's very important to evaluate and, if necessary,
repair the chimney before you continue to use the chimney. The primary
function of any chimney is to conduct the hot and poisonous flue gasses
safely out of the house. A damaged chimney could fail to exhaust the
gasses or protect the house from fire. Did you put a tarp over the
chimney and forget your furnace was vented into it?
gasses are hot. And wood-fired appliances can cause creosote build-up
in the flue that can lead to an even hotter chimney fire. Chimneys are
designed to keep the house from catching on fire even during a chimney
fire, but to do its job your chimney must be in good condition without
blockages or big gaps in the flues. A damaged chimney might not vent
all the flue gasses AND it might lead to a house fire.
if the flues are intact and the chimney serves to vent all the flue
gasses and protect the house from fire, it still might be structurally
unsafe. Modern chimneys contain re-inforcing bars that help keep the
masonry together but older chimneys can tumble down or shed bricks and
could injure people or property below. A structurally damaged chimney
should be rebuilt or repaired in accordance with current codes so that
even if there is another earthquake it won't fall over and jeoprodize
people and property.
Masonry Contractor # 851233
Insurance $2 million/$1 million per occurance
CUSTOM MASONRY AND FIREPLACE DESIGN
San Diego Masonry Contractor: Paul Walker
Trained in England, he has 17 years experience in masonry construction.
The first five years were in and around London, where he served working
with tradesmen who passed down their skills and knowledge acquired from
Paul has been building fireplaces, barbeques, cultured stonework, etc.
in San Diego since 1992. He is trained in all aspects of masonry
construction, focusing mainly on fireplaces, chimneys, vertical
brickwork, Eldorado and cultured stone.
take pride in our work and guarantee quality craftsmanship."
- Paul Walker
Call us today! 619-287-6464
- New Construction Masonry Fireplaces
- Chimney Inspections
- Acquire permits from city
- Reline existing chimneys
- Reface with brick, tile, veneer
stone, precast mantles
- Repair existing chimneys, crowns
- New dampers, Heat shields, Spark
- Custom Masonry Barbeques
- Expert Masonry Brickwork,
- Eldorado and Cultured Stone
State Chimney Sweep Guild California
licensed C29 masonry contractor # 851233
Liability Insurance $2 million/$1 million per occurance