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What is Involved in Chimney Relining?

Chimney Relining Flue Repair - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sIf, at any time, your chimney professional tells you that you need a new liner or that you need to repair the existing one, please don’t put it off. Every chimney needs a working liner to usher deadly carbon monoxide gases from your home. If your current liner was installed improperly or if it is deteriorating, it is highly recommended that you have a new one installed by a licensed professional, as a damaged liner can allow poisonous carbon monoxide gases and smoke to enter your home. Depending on the type of chimney you have, there are several different relining options that may be presented to you.

CLAY LINERS

The majority of older homes have chimneys with liners made of clay or clay tiles; it is commonplace to repair or replace them with new clay liners, although switching over to a stainless steel chimney liner is an available option. Clay tiles can withstand extremely high temperatures without damaging or hindering the performance of the liner itself; they also hold up quite well against the corrosive materials that are burned in and pass through the system.

CAST-IN-PLACE LINERS (HEATSHIELD®)

Heatshield Resurfacing and Relining - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sAs chimney liners go, Heatshield Relining System®  option offers the highest levels of safety, thermal efficiency, and longevity of any liner available. Cast-in-place liners are installed by pumping a concrete-like material around a former, which is inserted down the full length of the chimney. After the lining sets, the former is removed, giving you a smooth, seamless, and extremely well insulated chimney liner. This type is ideal for applications in deteriorated chimneys that need structural support. They are rated to withstand a higher temperature than either the clay or stainless steel liners.

STAINLESS STEEL LINERS

The vast majority of newer homes have chimneys with stainless steel chimney liners already installed. These liners come in two different forms: rigid and flexible. The type your technician will choose ultimately depends on the shape of your chimney. A huge selling point for stainless steel liners, in general, is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. They resist rust and easily hold and move heat and smoke up through the house and out into the atmosphere. If properly installed and maintained, stainless steel liners are extremely safe and durable. It is usually recommended that high temperature insulation be used in conjunction with the liners for safety and performance considerations.

Although building codes vary from one locality to another, the installation of flue liners has been recommended for many years now, and indeed most fire codes now mandate liners. There are many reasons you may need to reline your chimney. Whatever the case may be, you have several options available to you. The CSIA-certified technicians at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney will be there with you throughout the decision making process to help you determine which relining option best meets your needs and the needs of your family. If you suspect there may be a problem with your liner, call us at 800-876-6539 or schedule your appointment online today! There’s no time to waste.

What To Do When Your Chimney Leaks

Chimney Leaks and What to Do - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's Fireplace & ChimneyIf you’re like most homeowners, your chimney is probably one of the most taken-for-granted parts of your home. It’s one of those things that you expect to be there for you when you need it but may not give it much thought in the meantime. “It’s all just cosmetic,” we think; this thought process isn’t one to be ashamed of, however, it is one to be corrected sooner rather than later. Monitoring your chimney for leaks regularly will help save you from large repair bills down the road.

KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON YOUR CHIMNEY FLASHING

Chimneys are notorious for leaking, and the problem is almost always the flashing, which lies at the point where the chimney rises above the roof. It keeps water out of your chimney, protecting both the flue and roof. Flashings are available in a variety of materials. You’ll want to have new chimney flashing installed if you find that it’s missing, rusted through, falling out or completely covered with roofing tar, which is a common short-term fix that’s sure to be hiding a bigger problem underneath.

DETERIORATED CHIMNEY MATERIALS ARE A REAL PROBLEM

Chimney materials—brick and mortar—are, by their very nature, porous. As such, they experience hastened deterioration as a result of prolonged exposure to and contact with water and the elements. The freezing and thawing process—during which time water that has penetrated the various chimney materials freezes and expands—quickly deteriorates the overall construction of your chimney.

MOTHER NATURE AND YOUR CHIMNEY

One way to limit the impact the freeze-thaw cycle has on your chimney is to prevent as much water as possible from penetrating the materials as possible. Water in your chimney can also cause rust on steel and cast iron parts, ultimately weakening or destroying them over time. The weather is constantly battering the exterior of your chimney. Harsh weather conditions can have a negative effect on your chimney.

WATERPROOFING YOUR CHIMNEY IS A GOOD IDEA

By waterproofing your chimney, you enable it to repel up to 99.9% of the water that would otherwise penetrate the brick and/or other materials. Waterproofing is a true preventative measure that can add years to your chimney’s life. Because it’s not a requirement, many homeowners deprioritize it; this is a big mistake! There are many issues that can develop as a result of water being on and getting in to your chimney, and, as such, swift and immediate action should be taken to ensure that you’re not faced with unnecessary and avoidable repairs bills.

Unless you’re just looking for a reason to get rid of your chimney, there really is no excuse for not taking better care of it. Water is the biggest culprit for masonry damage, and causes everything from cracking and crumbling joints and bricks to discoloration and mold growth. If water is the cause of your masonry decay, it’s time to have an experienced technician evaluate the condition your chimney’s exterior and flashing are in, get them repaired if necessary, and have your chimney coated with a waterproofing product. Whether you have a leaky chimney or are simply looking to prevent future leaks, let Old Smokey’s experts restore it to its original beauty and functionality.

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