A lot of chimneys aren’t code compliant. In fact, many fail to meet the minimum height requirements, better known as the 3-2-10 rule. And, since non-compliance can cause safety issues as well as the fact chimney height isn’t grandfathered in, it’s imperative for homeowners to ensure their chimneys are up to code.
Chimney Doctors, one of the top chimney masonry repair companies in the state, elaborates on the reasoning behind this rule as well as how you can check if your chimney is up to code.
The 3-2-10 Rule
This rule means that your chimney’s shortest side needs to be at least 3 feet above the roof penetration, and its top has to be 2 feet higher than any part of the building that’s within 10 feet.
There a number of reasons behind this rule. Some professionals believe the minimum dimensions are needed to prevent flames or burning creosote from setting your roof on fire. Others believe it will help improve the chimney’s draft, which influences the rate at which noxious gases are expelled through the roof, although how frequently a chimney sweep cleans your chimney can be a factor as well.
Note that these are just the minimum requirements. As a general rule, the steeper your roof, the taller the chimney needs to be. And, since these taller chimneys might be more susceptible to the blunt force of high winds, additional braces for chimneys might be needed in especially windy areas.
The Ideal Chimney Height
With all the various factors to consider, it can be hard to gauge the ideal height for your chimney. A local chimney company can assist you with finding the right height.
Considering the risks involved in physical roof inspections as well as the other environmental factors, it’s better to have a qualified professional inspect your chimney.
Chimney Doctors is a locally owned company with 20 years of experience. We offer chimney inspections and chimney relining services. To get a free estimate, call (518) 633-5900, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Clifton Park, NY.