Oftentimes the easiest and most affordable way to restore a damaged chimney is to replace or repair its lining. When the time comes to address your chimney’s liner, our recommendations are about keeping you and your family safe.
A certified chimney inspector will present a relining option to you based on the type of chimney you have. Older chimneys are often made of clay, which can flake, chip, break, or crack, allowing poisonous gases like carbon monoxide to enter your home. Most newer homes have chimneys with stainless steel chimney liners, which usually come with a lifetime warranty. These liners are highly recommended because they resist rust and easily hold and move heat and smoke up through the house and out into the atmosphere.
Why a Chimney Liner Is Important
Homeowners don’t always see why their chimney needs to be relined until the “symptoms” become too obvious to ignore or until they’re shown photographic or video evidence of the damage. The National Fire Protection Association and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) have both issued statements stating that cracks, gaps, and other damage to a chimney’s flue liner should result in removal and replacement or relining of the flue for safety and structure reasons. At Chimney Saver Solutions, we are happy to go over the building and fire codes that state that chimneys should be completely sealed for maximum safety.
8 Reasons to Repair or Replace Chimney Liners
There are many reasons why you may need to reline your chimney. Many chimney systems today still operate without a liner, even though codes and standards mandate that they all be lined and that older chimneys be grandfathered in. Here are eight reasons a chimney may need to be relined or to have its lining repaired:
- Eroded or deteriorated clay mortar
- Cracked clay liner or cracked flue tiles
- Flaking or spalling of the clay on the liner walls
- Gaps between the flue tiles
- Damage caused by chimney fire, water damage, lightning strikes or settling
- Upgrades required by older chimneys made without chimney liners
- Worn or deteriorated liners
- Chimney needs to be properly sized for new appliance or to begin performing properly
What Is HeatShield®?
Older chimneys, typically lined with clay or terracotta, are often best treated with the HeatShield® process. HeatShield® can restore your chimney’s clay flue liner and save you the expense of rebuilding or relining with a stainless steel chimney liner. This repair system eliminates the hazards and draft problems caused by gaps, cracks, and spalling in otherwise-sound masonry chimneys. Developed in Europe over 20 years ago, HeatShield’s® Cerfractory® technology is a hybrid (ceramic/refractory) coating and proven effective both in use and by independent lab testing.
As a repair, it’s been proven to withstand moisture, corrosive flue gases, and temperatures in excess of 2900°F. It’s rated a “Super-Duty” refractory mortar per the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C199. It surpasses both National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and International Residential Code (IRC), which require only a “Medium-Duty” refractory mortar for use in fireplaces and chimneys. It is also an approved “all fuel” chimney liner and listed to UL 1777 by Warnock Hersey with the addition of the CeCure® Sleeve.
Count on Us for Chimney Relining
Chimney Saver Solutions is the top chimney repair and chimney re-lining company in Richmond and the surrounding area. We use the most popular stainless steel systems as well as the more modern and less destructive cerfractory resurfacing chimney flue repair technique (HeatShield®). We are honored to have a high customer satisfaction rating.
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