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Common Liner Problems

1. Unlined Chimneys Can Cause House Fires or Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Unlined fireplace chimneys will draft poorly because, without a chimney flue liner, exhaust and creosote would quickly cool, and the smoke would not develop a strong draft or flow. Unlined brick chimneys as well would allow heat loss to the adjacent home. This early chimney design allowed a fire risk that is considered unsafe as it is absent chimney safety considerations.

Around 1900, flue tiles in chimney construction became available to home builders. However, their use did not become a mainstream standard in Kansas City construction until after WWII. At the time, these flue tiles were state of the art chimney designs and were heralded as a life saver. Since flue liners help “keep fire in its place” fewer homes suffered loss to fire. Another great side effect was reducing carbon monoxide poisoning (from faulty flues allowing toxic fumes into the home).

2. Cracks and Gaps in Clay Liners Lose Effectiveness

Clay Chimney liners are going on 100 years old in the Kansas City Metro, and as such, they have lost much of their effectiveness in keeping lives and property safe. Gaps in the mortar joints and cracks in the flue tiles usually start about 15 years after construction. Small cracks can be seen even sooner if the chimney did not benefit from a chimney cap early on, due to rain erosion.

A stainless steel liner has a greater tolerance to thermal expansion. Which protects the home from earlier issues with clay tiles. In the past, if a flue fire occurred in the fireplace chimney’s clay liner, then it would destroy the tiles and brickwork, allowing the chimney fire to reach through the chimney wall, leading to a home fire.

3. Faulty Liner Allows Fire Exhaust to Cause Damage to Mortar and Brick Work

A chimney’s liner not only protect the home, but they also protect the mortar and brick work of the chimney as well. Exhaust from wood and gas fires are very acidic in nature. The lime in mortar and the clay in bricks reacts with the acid and will begin to fall apart. The damage from chimney flue exhaust is so active that our chimney sweeps can look at some gas chimney flues from the outside and tell where the flue liners are by the visible damage showing through the outside brick chimney. 

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Full Service Chimney sweeps have repaired and replaced tens of thousands of Stainless Steel Liners in the Kansas City area.

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Does Your Chimney Need a Liner?

The National Safety Board conducted a test on unlined chimneys and discovered that the heat from the fire and smoke could ignite the home’s combustibles in as little as 3 1/2 hours.

Yes, a functioning chimney flue liner (or as often referred to as a fireplace flue liner) is necessary because keeping the home safe and protecting the chimney are crucial to most homeowners. Trust your Full Service Chimney Inspector to evaluate your chimney or fireplaces liner and suggest flue repair if necessary.

 

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chimney Relined?

Chimney Relining typically costs between $3,500.00 – $5,500 but could vary (higher or lower) depending on each home chimney and fireplace system’s unique circumstances. A lifetime warranty often covers stainless steel liners.

The price to have a chimney relined is determined by various factors:

  • The diameter and length of the chimney liner kit
  • Whether the liner serves a wood/gas fireplace or a furnace flue
  • If the original fireplace liner needs to be removed to allow room for a steel liner with insulation
  • Necessary scaffolding
  • Demolition may be needed to accomplish the repairs safely
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Solutions that Last

A long-lasting repair for older masonry chimneys is a complete Stainless Steel Chimney Liner System.

When installed properly with insulation, stainless steel chimney liners protect from the corrosive acids found in gas and wood-burning fireplaces. They can even tolerate minor fires without the dangerous issue of cracked fireplace flue tiles. 

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What Our Customers Say

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Anthony

"Very thorough examination of entire fireplace and furnace venting. Agent went into great detail about what everything was, how it worked, and what needed to be completed. Very confident in the work being done."

Kyle

"It was an excellent experience with craftsmen doing repairs or installation on our house. They deserve my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation. Hunter and his crew ( and Joseph on an earlier visit) were professional and pleasant. Hunter and Joseph were cheerful and engaging. They explained the work in detail. They cleaned up after themselves. I can't help but think the owne..."

Kathy

"Excellent and thorough! Chris was very professional and explained everything. I highly recommend. We will be using again in the future."

DJF

"I highly recommend Full Service Chimney for anyone needing a Kansas City Chimney Sweep. Following a routine chimney inspection the experts at Full Service Chimney quickly identified a major defect in the utility flue system in my chimney. Due to the severity of the situation they adjusted their schedule to get the repair team onsite as soon as possible. My top two concerns when d..."

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