People often neglect to inspect their chimney regularly for deterioration or damage to the lining (flue), or for structural damages that need to be addressed. Chimney restoration and relining can be very entailed processes depending on several issues. I recommend consulting a chimney repair specialist before doing any of the work as a DIY project.
What is Required to Reline a Chimney?
The chimney lining is also called the flue. The flue is a clay, ceramic, or metal conduit installed inside the chimney. It is intended to contain the combustion products of a fire, direct them outside, and protect the chimney walls from damage. Replacing a chimney flue takes a lot of patience, and several specialty skills and tools.
Choosing a chimney liner is the first step. The quality and durability between brands varies by drastic amounts. Make sure the liner is listed to UL 1777 and that you use the correct alloy for your fuel type.
I highly recommend having a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep or someone with higher credentials reline your chimney. The process is very entailed and must be done properly or it will have to be redone to meet code.
Restoring and Relining
Chimneys take a lot of elemental damage over time. Rain and high winds wear down masonry and damage metal. Some of the services I provide include:
Crown Repair – The crown is extremely important for a properly working chimney. It covers the top of the chimney and is the first line of defense against water damage. It is designed to shed water away from the flue and the chimney structure itself. Repair includes pouring a new crown, and sealing it against the elements. Repairing your crown helps prevent water damage and costly repairs later on.
Waterproofing – Masonry chimneys hold water due to the porous nature of brick. The water freezes, thaws, and evaporates, causing a continual swelling and contraction of the masonry. I use a VOC compliant solvent-based water repellant to seal masonry chimneys. It is completely vapor permeable and does not leave a glossy appearance.
Firebox Repairs – The firebox is the place inside your home where the fire actually sits. Most fireboxes are brick and mortar, and take a lot of abuse from the intense heat. Replacement is occasionally required, and must be addressed immediately if you see obvious cracks or damage.
Smoke Chamber Repairs – The smoke chamber plays a very important role in maintaining the heat produced by your fireplace. It must be properly maintained so it does not hinder the flow of smoke leaving your fireplace.
Smoke Stain Removal – Nothing mars the beauty of a fireplace more than smoke stain. Regular cleaners don’t always remove smoke stain. There is, however, a new cleaner on the market that has worked beautifully for several of my clients.
Chimney Restoration and Relining Services
I have multiple certifications in chimney services, and I am licensed to work in the state of Pennsylvania. If you’re in the Philadelphia area and need chimney services, call me any time to set up a consultation or an appointment.