Improve Your Chimney’s Safety By Having It Relined!
A chimney is made of the exterior structure which the homeowner can see and is typically made of brick, block or stone. Inside this structure is a second structure called the flue or liner. Every heating appliance including a furnace, fireplace, stove or water heater has its own flue. Since the 1920’s, the flue has been made of 2 foot long sections of terra cotta that are stacked on top of one another and sealed at the joints with mortar making a continuous flue lining. Over time, this terra cotta can crack, break or the mortar joints can fall out. Once this happens, the flue is no longer functioning properly and can lead to smoke, soot and carbon monoxide leaking into the house. This is potentially a very dangerous situation. The good news is that this can be repaired with a chimney liner.
The chimney liner is an important safety product that is designed to protect your home against the heat, carbon monoxide, smoke, gas and sparks created by your furnace or fireplace as they travel up the chimney. The flue liner is also designed to create and maintain the correct draft in your chimney. Proper draft helps direct smoke and gas up and out of the chimney and increase system efficiency; without it, these byproducts of combustion could easily flow back into your home.
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Furnace and water heater flues are replaced with stainless steel liners. Chimney relining includes installing a continuous 316 stainless steel liner from the top of the chimney to the bottom where the furnace pipe connects to it. These liners have a lifetime warranty and must be swept once per year. The liner, once installed is protected with a thermal insulation which adds protection to the liner as well as the home. The process typically takes between 4-8 hours to complete.
Fireplace and wood stove flues are also repaired with stainless steel liners. Because of the higher stack temperatures, a thicker gauge liner is used. These also have lifetime warranties and must be swept once per year. These liners, once installed are also protected with a thermal insulation which adds protection to the liner as well as the home. In addition to repairing fireplace flues with stainless steel liners, these flues can also be repaired by replacing missing mortar joints or resurfacing.
We replace missing mortar joints and resurface flues with the fireguard system.This process is typically much more cost effective and carries a 30 year warranty. By using a specialized applicator and vibrating motor, we are able to replace the missing mortar joints and apply a coating to the flue sealing any cracks. This process typically takes 4-8 hours to complete.
Whether you choose Wells & Sons to repair your furnace flue or fireplace flue, you can be assured that with 38 years of experience, we will get the job done right in a professional manner. Because we are the only company in the area that manufactures our own UL Listed liners, we can warranty the workmanship and the materials.
Do I Have To Have My Chimney Relined?
If a chimney inspection or video scan has revealed damage to your chimney liner, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Chimneys with damaged liners are simply not safe to use; having your flue quickly – and correctly – relined can get you back to enjoying your fireplace faster, and at higher levels of safety and efficiency.
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Many chimneys are built with clay tile liners. While this type of chimney liner works well, replacing broken tiles can be nearly impossible to do, especially if the damage is in the middle of the flue. Likewise, clay tile liners may crack or crumble around the joints, decreasing draft.
For homeowners with damaged clay tile liners, we recommend relining with a stainless steel chimney liner. Stainless steel liners are extremely durable and strong, and most come with limited lifetime warranties. Likewise, because they are made entirely of one piece, there is no need to worry about future cracks or issues around joints. Another added bonus of stainless steel liners is that they are safe for use with all fuel types — so whether you burn wood, oil, gas or pellet fuel, a stainless steel liner will serve you well.
At Wells & Sons, we make sure that your new chimney liner is correctly installed for proper fireplace and chimney performance. All of our chimney lining services come with a custom-fitted shroud (from the top of the flue to the firebox) to ensure that the new liner is perfectly fitted to your chimney. When it comes to chimney liners, proper fit is key to proper function.
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A chimney with a damaged liner can pose a serious safety threat to you and your family. Don’t delay – contact Wells & Sons Chimney Service today to schedule your chimney relining appointment! Call us at (610) 473-6000 or click here to request an appointment online! We proudly serve Pottstown, Phoenixville, Norristown, Lansdale, Allentown, and the surrounding areas of Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Chester counties.