Chimney Liner

Chimney Flue Liner Installation

A damaged chimney liner is a tragedy waiting to happen. As a stainless steel chimney liner company, your Full Service Chimney Sweep, a certified chimney inspector, helps keep fire in its place, keeping your family safe. The chimney flue repair will protect the home from sparks, flames and carbon monoxide. A necessary chimney repair to ensure a lifetime of use.

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What is a Chimney Flue Liner?

The chimney liner inside the chimney chase, is similar to a drinking straw in a juice box. It moves contents (wood smoke, gas fumes) from the bottom of the box to the top, then exits the chimney cap. This simplified explanation by no means illustrates the importance of a safe and functional chimney flue liner system.

Not all chimneys have functional flue liners. Chimney Flue Liners 80 years old and older frequently were built without the clay flue liner tiles or any chimney liner for that matter. These “unlined chimneys” were a constant problem to the homeowners who had them.

Does My Chimney Need a Flue Liner?

Fireplace chimneys that are unlined 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. 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.

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Chimney flue liners not only protect the home, they protect the mortar and brick work of the 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, 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.

Around 1900, flue tiles in chimney flue liner construction became available to home builders. Although their use did not become main stream construction standard in Kansas City until after WWII. These chimney tiles were (at the time) state of the art in chimney design, and were heralded as a home and life saver. Fewer homes suffered loss to fire as a result of flue liners “keeping fire in its place”. As well carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty chimneys allowing fumes into the home were reduced.

How Long Do Chimney Liners Last?

Chimney clay flue 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.

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Do You Really Need a Chimney Liner?

Yes, a functioning chimney flue liner/fireplace flue liner is necessary because keeping the home safe, and protecting the chimney are highly important to most homeowners.

Trust your Full Service Chimney Inspector to evaluate your fireplace chimney liner and suggest chimney flue repair if necessary.

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chimney Relined?

Chimney Relining can cost as little as $1,200.00 and is often covered by a lifetime warranty.

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

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

A long lasting repair for older masonry chimneys is a stainless steel chimney liner system.

Stainless steel chimney liners, when installed properly with insulation, provide protection from the corrosive acids found in gas and wood burning fireplaces, that can tolerate minor chimney fires without the issue of cracked fireplace flue tiles.

Smoke Chamber-Fireplace Reline-Prairie Village, Ks-Full Service ChimneyA stainless Steel chimney liner has a greater tolerance to thermal expansion, this protects the home from earlier issues with chimney clay flue liners. In the past, if a chimney fire occurred in the fireplace chimney clay liner, it would destroy the tiles and brickwork, allowing the chimney fire to reach through the chimney wall, leading to a home fire.

Full Service Chimney Inspectors have performed over 16,000 Chimney Flue Liner Inspections in the Kansas City Metro. Our team has installed thousands of stainless steel chimney liners with the highest customer satisfaction rating of any company. That’s why were referred by so many insurance companies, home inspectors and other accredited trade professionals for chimney flue repair.

We are chimney inspectors and we understand the importance of providing chimney inspections that help families “Keep fire in its place”. The Full Service Chimney sweeps provide hearth and chimney care as if your home were our own.

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