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Your chimney serves as a source of enjoyment for your whole family. However, if your chimney isn’t properly lined, you may be putting your family at risk. Your chimney liner serves two main functions. First, it gives smoke, gases, and heat a smooth path from your fireplace to outside your home. Secondly, and most importantly, it protects your home from heat produced in your fireplace. At Old Smokey’s, we can’t stress enough the importance of having a liner installed in your chimney. In fact, if you do not have a liner installed in your chimney, your fireplace is not safe to use. Let us help you determine if your chimney liner is functioning properly and ready for use.

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What is a chimney liner?

When you use your fireplace, your masonry naturally conducts heat. Although your masonry is not flammable, it can hold heat and transfer it to your surrounding woodwork. If your woodwork gets hot enough, this can be a serious safety hazard. The National Bureau of Standards tested chimneys with no liner. They discovered a fire lasting over 3 hours with no liner increased risk of a house fire. Because of this, fire codes today require having a protective liner in the chimney. This creates a barrier between the inside of your chimney and your home.

How do I know if I have a chimney liner?

In the 1940s, fire codes became more strict. Therefore, if your home was built after the 1940s, you most likely have a liner installed. If you are unsure whether you have one or not, do not operate your fireplace until you have an inspection. Schedule a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician to inspect it and give you guidance.

If your home was built after the 1940s this does not mean that you can just forget about your liner. Chimney liners can crack or become holey, exposing parts of your home to extreme heat. Because of this, you still need to have your liner (along with your entire chimney system) inspected annually to determine if your liner is showing any signs of weakening. If your liner isn’t working properly, it can lead to a number of issues including masonry erosion and carbon monoxide exposure.

We can help!

At Old Smokey’s we offer a number of liner options, however, the most common ones that we install are either made from stainless steel or aluminum. These types of liners are relatively easy to install, insulate well, and are very durable. Our CSIA certified chimney technicians are well trained and have many years of experience installing chimney liners, so you can trust that your chimney liner will function the way it is supposed to.

If you have questions regarding your chimney liner, we here at Old Smokey’s can help you determine the condition of your chimney liner and any steps that need to be taken. Call Old Smokey’s today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home for an inspection. We look forward to serving you!

When building or remodeling, pay special attention to your chimney!

We’re willing to bet that your dream house would feature an attractive and functional fireplace and chimney. We would go so far as to say if you are building a new house or renovating the one you have, reviewing chimney designs plays a key role.

Placing a chimney in the right location, and building it the right way with the right materials, gives greater assurance on performance, safety, and aesthetics. As experts, we can tell your home builder what we have witnessed regarding what works best – and suggest how to overcome chimney challenges that new construction projects pose.

What about full-scale (or partial-scale) home renovations? Don’t let your chimney be an afterthought!

Let Old Smokey’s take a close, professional look at your chimney.

We’ll give you an honest appraisal – and recommend design options for your renovation. We will offer recommendations on repair, repointing, restoration, or rebuilds.

If your home is a historical structure, Old Smokey’s specializes in the restoration or rebuilding of historical structures. Let our experienced masons replicate – and surpass – your chimney’s original beauty and functionality.

If your renovation focuses on repair, we’re there for you. Your brickwork might need routine maintenance, or something more radical and substantial. For example, a poorly built chimney may function improperly, and it will not last as long as a properly built structure. Old Smokey’s frequently encounters poorly designed or built chimneys that cause unforeseen problems. A renovation affords an opportunity to have us review the quality of your chimney construction, and to discern the need for repairs.

We will also inspect for leaks so that we can undertake chimney repairs, if needed, in a thoroughly professional manner.

Your chimney brickwork is constantly under attack, from season to season. Old Smokey’s experts will walk you through repair options geared toward renewed life for your venerable chimney.

Similarly, we can perform repointing during a renovation if we find it is needed. Repointing removes eroding mortar joints and replaces them with smooth, new mortar.

We are proud of the artisans who make up our team.

For 20-plus years, Old Smokey’s has delivered excellence to homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. Folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south know Old Smokey’s as a premier go-to resource for all things chimney.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment.

Our solid experience testifies to the trust Old Smokey’s has built throughout the region. We are proud of the thousands of satisfied customers we have capably served.

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