We’re the Team to Trust for Chimney Relining Services
Chimney liners are important for a few really big reasons.
- They protect your home from the heat your fires produce. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) – did some durability testing back in the 80s, and they found that unlined chimneys were putting homeowners at great risk – we’re talking flames reaching the home’s woodwork in only a few hours. Which has made having a liner a full-on necessity in more recent years.
- They protect your masonry. You want your chimney to stand the test of time, but in order to do this it needs to stay safeguarded from all of the corrosive flue gases and byproducts that float through it. These things are acidic and will break down your system, eating away at mortar joints and causing erosion. Not only does this cause inefficiency, but it makes your home more vulnerable to gas leaks and fires too.
- They enhance efficiency. It’s imperative that all of the fumes, heat, and gases your system produces move out of your home to keep those within it safer…but it’s also important because this enables your system to function efficiently. You deserve to get the most enjoyment you can from your chimney, and a well-fitted liner will ensure just that.
When it comes to relining, we offer both HeatShield® and stainless steel relining, and we’re happy to work with you to figure out which option would best meet your needs. Depending on the type of chimney you have and its current condition, this tends to vary. Fortunately, our knowledgeable crew is well-versed in it all and can steer you in the right direction.
When Is Using HeatShield® Beneficial?
HeatShield® is a good option for those with clay tile liners who don’t want to shell out a fortune relining their entire system. It offers an efficient way to fill in any gaps, cracks, or missing pieces, so that your system is safe for use when the time comes.
How does it work? Well there are actually three different relining methods with HeatShield®, and which one you’d need will be based on the current state of your system.
1. Joint Repair System: If your damage is only as extensive as some missing or damaged mortar joints, the joint repair system should be all you need. We’ll start by creating a foam applicator blade (custom-fitted to your chimney). This is then positioned below the damage or void, after which we put in our HeatShield® Cerfractory® Flue Sealant. As we pull the blade up, the imperfections fill up and smooth over, leaving you with a seamless, streamlined liner.
2. Resurfacing System: Sometimes damages are a bit more exhaustive to address, in which case the resurfacing system may be better for you. Rather than fill up some voids here and there, this method applies a coating over the length of your entire flue (after which cameras are sent up to verify that everything looks smooth and in good shape).
We’ll get a custom-made applicator plug created, apply a “tie coat,” which cleans out any remaining dust and primes the flue, then apply the HeatShield® materials as the plug slowly moves upwards. In the end, you’ll be left with a reliable, sturdy ¼” layer of protection, guaranteeing no smoke, fumes, or flames will be entering your home any time soon.
3. CeCure® Sleeve Relining System: If the damages we’re dealing with are more serious than all that’s mentioned above – or if the chimney isn’t lined at all – the CeCure® Sleeve may be right for you. This process involves adding a coating of HeatShield® Cerfractory® Flue Sealant, after which the custom-fitted CeCure® Sleeve is applied. Once the sleeve is securely in place, another coating of the flue sealant is added, offering you a reliable new liner that is promised to stand the test of time.
We Also Do Stainless Steel Relining
Now, there are some scenarios when HeatShield® just isn’t going to be the best route to take, in which case stainless steel is the way to go. Stainless steel is known for being highly durable, long-lasting, and corrosion-resistant. This empowers you to use your fireplace for years and years, all the while knowing it’s efficiently doing its job the whole time.
Questions? Reach Out Today
Now, the process of relining (and which methods are most appropriate for you) often brings a lot of questions from our customers in and around Lackawanna County. It can be a complex ordeal, and because the liner is so vital to the health of your chimney (as well as your home and those within it), it’s not something homeowners take lightly.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our crew. We’re proud to have the largest number of Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified team members in the area, ranging from our sweeps out in the field to our office team taking our phone calls. There’s no denying that when it comes to chimney knowledge, we come out on top!
So, call us at 570-221-4113 today. We’d love to work with you.