Masonry Fireplace

Flue Liner Repair

What is a Flue Liner?

A Flue Lin­er is a term used to describe the main pas­sage way out of the home for heat and any gas­es cre­at­ed from the fire­place. A flue lin­er can be made from met­al, concrete/​mortar like mate­ri­als, or vit­re­ous clay (most com­mon). Flue lin­ers can vary in size but they all achieve the same func­tion and need to have an air tight seal from top to bot­tom to func­tion prop­er­ly. Any dete­ri­o­ra­tion, improp­er instal­la­tion, or inad­e­quate siz­ing can quick­ly cause a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion when using your fireplace.

When does a chim­ney need to be Relined” or Repaired”?

  • Gaps or Miss­ing Mor­tar Joints between the Clay Tiles.
  • Spalling or flak­ing on the Clay Tiles.
  • Ver­ti­cal or Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Cracks in the Clay Tiles.
  • If the tiles were not sup­port­ed cor­rect­ly dur­ing installation.
  • If the tiles have shift­ed due to settling.
  • If the tiles orig­i­nal­ly installed aren’t ade­quate­ly sized to vent the fire­place or appli­ance they service.
  • Dam­age due to light­ning strike, flue fire, or settling.
  • If a met­al flue has rust­ed or has separated.

Why is it impor­tant to Reline a Chimney?

As you can see a lot of things can cause issues with your chimney’s flue lin­er. Even a small defect can dras­ti­cal­ly effect the per­for­mance of your sys­tem and put your home at risk of a flue fire occur­ring. While fires are the great­est risk there are also oth­ers when it comes to using your fire­place. A fire­place sys­tem that is not oper­at­ing prop­er­ly can emit poi­so­nous and car­cino­genic gas­es that can be haz­ardous if not prop­er­ly vent­ed. If heat loss from a fire­place is occur­ring it can pose a risk to com­bustibles in the inte­ri­or walls and roof as this heat expo­sure over time dries them out allow­ing them to ignite at a much low­er tem­per­a­ture. Issues with your fireplace’s lin­er can cause fur­ther dam­age to the sys­tem and even your home lead­ing to more mon­ey out of your pocket.

Why choose Safe­way Chim­ney for Reline Repairs?

Safe­way Chim­ney has been in busi­ness since 1986 and has repaired thou­sands of chim­neys inside and out in that time. Expe­ri­ence and the refin­ing of our process­es and tech­niques qual­i­fies us to com­plete your repairs with care and excel­lence. Our team is cer­ti­fied by the CSIA (Chim­ney Safe­ty Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca) and the NCSG (Nation­al Chim­ney Sweep Guild). We pride our­selves in being able to accu­rate­ly access, com­mu­ni­cate, and rec­ti­fy any issues with your fire­place and chim­ney. Call today to sched­ule an appoint­ment or to get your ques­tions answered!

All Work is Performed by Licensed & Certified Technicians, fully insured and trained in the most up to date practices.

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