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Dryer Vent Safety

Many homeowners make the mistake of overlooking the maintenance and care of their dryer vents, leading to a very unfortunate accident. Learn about dryer vent safety.

Safety should be every homeowner's top priority. Don't forget to have regular cleanings and inspections of your dryer vents.

Safety should be every homeowner’s top priority. Don’t forget to have regular cleanings and inspections done for your dryer vents.

All About Liners

Your chimney’s liner protects the exterior masonry from intense heat. This extends the life of your chimney…and minimizes fire risk.


The Science of Combustion

Both chemistry and physics play a part in the burning process of your chimney. If something is “off,” there could be very serious consequences for your home and family. Here is an overview.

Burning happens with the presence of three main ingredients: fuel, heat and oxygen. This is known as the fire triangle.

Burning happens with the presence of three main ingredients: fuel, heat and oxygen. This is known as the fire triangle.





Replace or Repair?

According to the CSIA, problems in your chimney’s flue can present serious risks to your home and family, because it’s no longer able to perform its primary function: to safely contain and vent the products of combustion to the outside of your home.  If your current liner was installed improperly or is deteriorating, it is highly recommended that you either have a new one installed by a licensed professional or have your current liner repaired (if possible).  There are several different relining options, depending on both the type of flue liner you currently have and the overall condition of your entire flue.

Whether or not you need to replace your liner, or simply have it repaired depends on the amount of damage. The flue liner protects the exterior of your chimney from intense heat.

Whether or not you need to replace your liner, or simply have it repaired depends on the amount of damage. The flue liner protects the exterior of your chimney from intense heat.

Terracotta Liners   The majority of older homes have chimneys with liners made of terracotta; it is commonplace to repair or replace them with new terracotta liners, although switching over to either a stainless steel or cast-in-place liner is an available option.  Terracotta tiles can withstand extremely high temperatures without damaging or hindering the performance of the liner itself; they also hold up quite well against the corrosive materials that are burned in and pass through the system. We now repair these liners at Homestead.

Stainless Steel Liners   The vast majority of newer homes have chimneys with stainless steel chimney liners already installed.  These liners come in two different forms: rigid and flexible.  The type your technician will choose ultimately depends on the shape of your chimney.  A huge selling point for stainless steel liners, in general, is that it comes with a lifetime warranty.  They resist rust and easily hold and move heat and smoke up through the house and out into the atmosphere.

Cast-in-Place Liners   As chimney liners go, this option offers the highest levels of safety, thermal efficiency, and longevity of any liner available.  These liners are installed by pumping a concrete-like material around a former, which is inserted down the full length of the chimney.  After the lining sets, the former is removed, giving you a smooth, seamless, and extremely well insulated chimney liner.  This type is ideal for applications in deteriorated chimneys that need structural support.  They are rated to withstand a higher temperature than either the clay or stainless steel liners.

HeatShield System   When it comes to economical alternatives, the HeatShield flue relining system is at the top of the list.  If it is learned that you have a few minor cracks in your current liner, completely relining it could prove to be quite costly.  Instead, restoring the current liner’s integrity with HeatShield’s patent pending joint repair system just might be the way to go.  It is installed similarly to a cast-in-place liner and restores your chimney to its original peak level of safety and efficiency.

There are many reasons you may need to reline your chimney, and you have several options available to you.  The CSIA-certified  professionals at Homestead Chimney Service will be there with you throughout the entire process.  If you suspect there may be a problem with your liner, call us at (229) 377-5863 or schedule your appointment online today!

Educate Your Children Early in Fire Prevention

Every year, over 3,000 people are killed and over 18,000 people are injured due to residential fires. In fires traced back to “playing with a heat source,” over 90 percent of the deaths are children under the age of 10. If this does not shock you into realizing we must address fire safety with children as soon as possible, nothing will.

Teaching Your Kids About Fire Safety

How to Practice Fire Safety in Your Home:

  • Teach children that fire is dangerous and moves fast. Things such as fireplace embers and matches are not toys, but dangerous items that can literally kill.
  • Secure any fire lighting instruments, such as lighters, matches, and torches, in areas where children cannot get to them. If necessary, keep them under lock and key.
  • Teach your children to not be afraid of firemen, but at the same time to recognize the credentials of real firemen.
  • Set off your fire alarm so the children will recognize its sound.
  • Develop a fire escape plan for the entire home, practicing it several times throughout the year. Your children should know their primary and secondary escape routes as well as the family gathering spot outside the home to meet in the case of an evacuation.
  • Prepare your children in what they need to do in the unfortunate instance that their clothing is to catch on fire. Practice the stop, drop, and roll technique, stressing the importance of remaining calm to put out the fire as quickly as possible.
  • It should go without saying, but young children should never be left alone or unsupervised for any reason. This is when they become most curious and fire is something that definitely evokes their curiosity. It takes but a minute for disaster to strike.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of fire play. Look under their bed and behind furniture for burned matches.

Take your child to a fire safety demonstration where they show how quickly a fire can burn out of control, especially through “fire play.”