Chimney Liner Specialists
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Frequently Asked Questions
The main reason for this section is to advise you that most of today's high efficiency heating units,e.g. (gas furnace, oil,coal, etc.), need to be sized properly into the chimney. High levels of condensation can loosen up old masonry chimneys prematurely. New oil units have low stack temperatures and often visible efflorescence stains result on the exterior of the customers' chimney. Also, Carbon Monoxide leakage into the living quarters should be of great concern. There are literally thousands of deaths reported annually across the United States due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ask any reputable heating contractor about the need for chimney liners! They are not only a good idea for old deteriorating,but are truly invaluable for safety's sake.
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Chimney Relining Why & When:
Chimney fires happen when creosote builds up in the flue and ignites. These fires can range in temperatures up to 2000 degrees and roar just inches away from your home. The intense heat alone can bring surrounding materials to the flash point, and ignite your home. Also, sparks from the fire can find their way through small cracks in the liner and quickly turn a chimney fire into a house fire. Creosote is estimated to be involved in 14, 720 (or 22%) home heating fires per year, and it is estimated to result in 4 deaths, 24 injuries and $33 million in property damage per year. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. Sometimes an early warning is flu-like symptoms, but CO can cause brain damage and death with no warning. A damaged flue poses a real threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, because this gas can escape through the smallest crack. Also, a partial or complete collapse of the clay flue liner can block the flue, and quickly fill the house with deadly gas. Sadly this tragedy occurs in homes across the county every year. Between 2001-2003, the CDC estimates that approximately 15,200 people were treated for unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning in emergency rooms and in 2005 there were an estimated 61,100 incidents reported, up 18% from 2003. 89% of the reported incidents took place in the home! (Source: National Fire Protection Association)
When & how often should I have my chimney cleaned?
National Fire Protection Agency 211 Guidelines state...All chimney fireplaces and vented heat sources should be inspected and/or cleaned once a year. This is not a job for the inexperienced and uneducated or standard practices. An inspection is a great, safe way to have 'peace of mind.'
An inspection depending on travel time/distance is usually approached as a service call fee for $45 - $65. If the chimney needs a cleaning or repairs, then the fee will be waived and normal chimney sweeping fees apply. If repairs are needed and scheduled the service call fee will be deducted from that.
When we do a cleaning,sheets will cover the area in front of stove or fireplace. We cover all belongings and electronic equipment in the room as well. The professional details of keeping vac running at all times, cleaning of glass, stove pipes removed and taken outside to be cleaned. We also use small brushes to clean fireboxes, dampers, and smoke shelf areas. We believe a good job is in the details!
The importance of dry seasoned firewood is the difference of having a trouble-free heating season and having creosote, blocked chimney issues, and possible chimney fires. The best rule of thumb is in our area...as soon as your heating season is over...start planning the next years wood supply. Moisture content is your enemy. Dry, seasoned firewood will be "checked" where each piece was cut...showing small and large cracks. Hardwoods are always favored. Always try to burn firewood that has been cut, split and stacked six months to one year...even longer the better.
A great read for new wood burners not yet experienced with in and outs of firewood is "Woodburner's Companion: Practical Ways of Heating with Wood," by Dirk Thomas.