Are You an Educated Chimney Repair Consumer?

  • What are your chimney pipe repair options?
  • Option 1: Rebuild the chimney from the ground up.
  • Option 2: Reline the chimney with new concrete walls.
  • Option 3: Reline the chimney with a flexible stainless steel chimney liner. This is the most common way to repair a chimney.
  • chimney linerDifferent types of metal chimney liners.

  • Flexible Stainless Steel Chimney Liners:
    Flexible stainless steel chimney liners are made from a relatively thin and very flexible stainless steel. They are made especially for corbeled chimneys, those with joggs or offsets. Because they are flexible they can snake themselves down most chimneys. They are an excellent choice for most repairs that require a new liner.
  • Rigid Stainless Steel Chimney Liners:
    Rigid stainless steel chimney liners are made from solid sections of stainless steel pipe. The sections fit together and are used in straight chimneys, those where no jogs exist allowing for the pipe to slide down the chimney without any bending.
  • Chimney Safety

    Not to be overlooked is the need for safety when installing and working on or near the chimney and heating equipment.

    How to determine if a reline is needed for a chimney repair:

  • The chimney has missing or damaged flue tiles.
  • The cross sectional area of the flue of a chimney venting solid fuels with no walls exposed to the outside below the roof line is more than three times the cross-sectional area of appliance flue collar.
  • The cross-sectional area of the flue of a chimney venting solid fuels with one or more walls exposed to the outside below the roof line is more than two times the cross sectional area of appliance flue collar
  • There are hairline cracks in the flue tiles or mortar missing between the flue tiles.
  • The system has a history of repeated excessive creosote buildup.
  • Deemed necessary by the appliance manufacturer.
  • chimney flueBefore making a chimney repair with a new liner read this:

    Consideration should be given to determine whether the chimney is a good candidate for relining with a stainless steel system. A thorough inspection must be made of the general condition of the chimney. Loose or deteriorated mortar and cracked or missing bricks should be repaired.

    Care should be taken to locate and close any holes not being used as a thimble. The chimney should be thoroughly cleaned of tar glazed creosote, debris and other obstructions. Only one coal or wood burning appliance should be connected to a single chimney flue. Do not connect a wood burning appliance to any flue venting a gas fired appliance.

    NFPA 211 requires that the chimney be at least 3 feet higher than the point where it passes through the roof and at least 2 feet higher than any part of the roof within 10 feet measured horizontally.

    Chimney Repointing and Rebuild

    Water damage and age can cause the mortar, that holds your chimney together, to crack or crumble. Without supporting mortar, the bricks begin to loosen and sag. Unless the mortar is replaced, you could experience more costly repairs down the road.

    If your chimney has unfortunately deteriorated to the point that filling in the mortar (repointing) will not be sufficient, then the next step is to rebuild the chimney. AllState Dependable & Chimney Chimney would be glad to give you a written quote once we have assessed the damage whether you may need a full rebuild or just a portion of your chimney rebuilt.

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  • Keep Your Chimney Healthy

    Keeping Your Chimney in good working order is very important. Keep a sharp eye out for Chimney Leaks especially around the Chimney flashing, this is one of the main places that a chimney will leak. You can eLIoy your Fireplace for many years. Masonry chimneys can last for hundreds of years if they are maintained. As a Seattle Masonry Contractor we repair quite a few fireplaces every year. Here are some points to consider in the maintenance of your Chimney:

  • Always burn clean dry wood, green or wet wood will build up creosote in the Flue Liners and that can lead to a Chimney Fire
  • Every so often, open the air flow and burn a good hot fire for a while. This will burn off some of the creosote build up, thus a safer Chimney.
  • Have your Fireplace Cleaned and inspected by a certified Masonry Professional ever year. Summer is a good time of year to do this, it's easy to see any damage that might have accrued the winter before and a good time to make any needed repairs that need to be done this year.
  • Brick Tuckpointing can be cleaned and sealed better at this time of year than in the winter.
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  • Chimney Leaks

    Keeping Your Chimney in good working order is very important. Keep a sharp eye out for Chimney Leaks especially around the Chimney flashing, this is one of the main places that a chimney will leak. You can eLIoy your Fireplace for many years. Masonry chimneys can last for hundreds of years if they are maintained. As a Seattle Masonry Contractor we repair quite a few fireplaces every year. Here are some points to consider in the maintenance of your Chimney: Our Chimneys are a lot like us, they do well when we feed them right.

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  • Always burn clean dry wood, green or wet wood will build up creosote in the Flue Liners and that can lead to a Chimney Fire. When burning any wood don't restrict the airflow all the time. Every so often, open the air flow and burn a good hot fire for a while. This will burn off some of the creosote build up, thus a safer Chimney. Have your Fireplace Cleaned and inspected by a certified Masonry Professional ever year. Summer is a good time of year to do this, it's easy to see any damage that might have accrued the winter before and a good time to make any needed repairs that need to be done this year. Brick Tuckpointing can be cleaned and sealed better at this time of year than in the winter.

    A leading cause to leaks is the flashing around the chimney and the masonry around the chimney itself. Also remember if you do not have a chimney CAP then water will penetrate the chimney and cause damamge to the crown of the chimney as well as the masonry.

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