If the chimney breast
is exposed on the side of the house then it is important to keep the pointing sound as well as any gutters that might pass around the stack otherwise water will soak horizontally through the brickwork at this point because many cavity walls become solid brick walls at the chimney breast
I keep blasting on about never simply shutting off an old fireplace unless you fit a vent so that warm air can leak out of the room and rise up the flue, keeping it dry inside.
It would do this leaning over in two bites, one at ground-floor level within the wide chimney breast
and another at attic level.
If you are considering the removal or modification of chimney breasts
, contact Birmingham Building Consultancy on 0121 675 7006 and ask to speak to a building surveyor.
Bur rebuilding wasn't that easy - the wall not only contained the chimney breasts
but it also supported the roof and the floors.
He had been removing two chimney breasts
in the flat, but the work caused the roof to fall in on him, an inquest heard.
Mr Zafar Ali Malik, landlord of the house next door, said he had removedthe chimney breasts
10 years earlier to create more space but had no idea the chimney served both houses.
On the first floor there is a family bathroom with power shower and two double bedrooms, both with projected chimney breasts