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Common Chimney Repairs

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Every chimney repair call we get at Homestead Chimney Service is different — chimneys are complex systems to start with, and every home has its own characteristics and idiosyncrasies and experiences that can lead to a problem that needs fixing.

But there are a few things that are common to every chimney system — the constant onslaught of weather and sun, the effects of time and home settling — that make certain repairs more common than others.

Sometimes, parts of your chimney can be repaired if noticed early enough. There are times though, when performance and safety demand replacement parts.

Sometimes, parts of your chimney can be repaired if noticed early enough. There are times though, when performance and safety demand replacement parts.

Curious about whether your issue might have something to do with a common repair need? Here are a few of the most common chimney repairs we do here at Homestead.

Chimney Crown Repair and Resurfacing

When you consider the direction that precipitation and baking sun-rays are traveling, it seems pretty safe to assume that any chimney part directly in line with that would get a pretty good and consistent beating. And your poor chimney crown, horizontal at the top of your flue, does indeed get a healthy share of the effects of heat and moisture. It’s not uncommon for cracks or spalling to result. Depending on the extent of the damage, Homestead techs can resurface, repair or rebuild a crown so that it’s able to effectively move water away from your flue and masonry again.

Chimney Cap Replacement

Another part at the front lines of weather abuse, the chimney cap is a small but very necessary part of your system, helping to keep moisture and animals from getting into your flue. Galvanized caps can rust, improperly sized or installed caps can fail and even well-made chimney caps can get damaged or lost in particularly bad storms. Our technicians can install a great cap that’ll do its job through years of use.

Chimney Damper Replacement

A stuck, rusty or otherwise damaged throat damper gives us two logical options: repair, if possible; or replacement with a new top mounted damper. The latter has marked benefits — these contribute to a serious increase in energy efficiency, which saves fuel and money, and since top mounted dampers also close off the top of the flue completely with a gasket (instead of partially closing with a metal plate down in the throat), you’re also getting great water protection.

Flue Liner Repair and Replacement

A damaged flue liner usually results in impeded draft, impeded safety and often accelerated damage to your chimney, too. We use HeatShield flue liner repair products to bring damaged clay tile liners back to a whole and smoke-tight state.

Chimney Repointing 

When mortar joints crack and recede, your system is opened up to increased moisture intrusion and decreased stability. By repointing — removing damaged mortar joints and replacing them with fresh joints — we can strengthen your chimney again.

Do you want to know more about Homestead Chimney’s repair services? Just give us a call — we’re always glad to offer information, help and impeccable service!

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!