Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Hi, we live in a house that is 41 years old and have just found out that the chimney was never built properly, the ch linner is exposed, causing smoke to go up the sides and into the house,

our we in our rights to go back to the origional builder? our insurance company wont help as they say it is not "accidential damage"

5 Answers

Best Answer

Your builder may have caused damage as some do! if you didn't have any smoke before the builder,then hes done someting!!!!! You need a gas safe registered engineer for gas or a Heatas engineer if its solid fuel/wood/coal! to attend and do a few smoke tests,then view you chimney from the ROOF,AND LOFT!,and do a survey! they mite classify your chimney as ID Immediately dangerous, and you will have to have work done! if your chimneys bad you can have it lined, or re-sleeved with cement,cage and balloon technique! chimneys can breakdown over time with cracks so get it well looked at.
if your builder is liable you must get him to put it right or down the solicitors you must go!
Hope helps

Kieran

Answered 20th Jan 2012

kelly plumbing Heating & gas

Member since 4 Jan 2012

wouldnt think so after 41 years lol

Answered 20th Jan 2012

substructure

Member since 7 Jun 2008

41 years later is this some kind of a joke ?

Answered 20th Jan 2012

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

Good luck with that.

Answered 20th Jan 2012

m w building construction and property maintenance

Member since 28 Sep 2008

I'm afraid after 41 years the liability would be down to you. Best to get the chimney tested and re-lined if necessary.

Answered 24th Jan 2012

Chimney Care & repair Ltd

Member since 4 Jul 2011

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