Tore the walls off and found the chimney looking like this:


It's seen a lot of leaking as you can see from the streaks. The exterior portion was rebuilt last year. That horizontal crack running across the middle goes all the way around on all 4 sides.

horizontal crack

The house is ~70 years old. The attic got finished some time later. Late 60s based on the wallpaper. You can see some kids used to play up there before the chimney got walled up. The chimney only sees natural gas exhaust now but I think there used to be an oil furnace.

Is the crack something to be worried about? Any reason they covered the whole thing with mortar other than to hide problems? The visible portion in the basement is exposed brick.

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Normal settling cracks, would not be worried about it structurally.


Is it sleeved? Is there a metal pipe inside the chimney?

Most municipalities now require you to sleeve a masonry chimney that is carrying CO2 or any other potentially dangerous gas that might leak into your house. Even if you can’t see the cracks, they are there. By running a metal pipe from the furnace or water heater to above the roof line, you ensure that gasses can’t leak out and circulate inside the structure.

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