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Chimney Fallen over after high winds
- Carefully inspect the chimney pipe for any cracks, splits, or other damage caused by the impact of falling over. Minor dents can be hammered out, but cracked sections will need replacement.
- Reattach any sections of chimney pipe that have separated at the joints. Use sheet metal screws and/or high-temperature sealant to securely fasten the joints.
- Standing on a ladder or roof, lift the chimney pipe back into proper vertical position. It may help to have a helper hold the bottom steady.
- Re-secure the chimney brackets that hold the pipe to the side of the house. Use new brackets if the originals are damaged. Space brackets every 5-6 feet for proper support.
- Install guy wires or chimney support straps if needed to provide additional bracing and prevent the pipe from falling again. Anchor these well to the roof.
- Double check that all sections are reconnected properly with no leaks. Perform a smoke test to check draft.
- Consider adding a wind-resistant chimney cap specially designed for high wind areas.
- Inspect the interior of the stove pipe and chimney using a camera for any internal damage before using again.