Most homes around here feature a chimney, often more than one. In New England ,we certainly use our chimneys. .
Most homes have a central heating system, often fueled by oil or gas. Quite often there will be a fireplace or stove. Chimneys can be constructed to vent a single system ( 1 flue) or several (multi-flue). Fireplace and heating system combinations are common. Flues are separate channels within your chimney designed to vent exhaust combustion gases to the outside. The same flue should not vent more than one system and different types of fuel should not share the same flue. Chimneys must endure many years of "wear and tear". Not only the exterior is subject to natural deterioration from the elements, the inner channels/flues can get worn out from exhaust gas corrosion, deposits and moisture. It is important to maintain a chimney in order to safely exhaust toxic products of combustion and to keep masonry structure sound. Flues are originally made of stacked clay flue tiles. These tiles are durable but eventually they will start to corrode and break. Once a chimney flue fails, it must be repaired or relined. Since it is not practical to replace the total length of flue tiles, chimney flues are most commonly relined with stainless steel (oil, wood or gas burning) or aluminum (gas only) liners. A quality stainless steel liner properly maintained will last a lifetime. Most modern high efficiency heating furnaces and boilers will also perform better with a properly sized chimney liner. If you are planning on replacing your heating system, make sure to reline your chimney flue as well. Today's high efficiency systems are not clay tile friendly. Their exhaust stack temperatures are much lower, therefore the exhaust travels through the flue at a slower pace(low draft), creating lots of condensation inside the flue. This moisture mixed with deposits create an acidic environment that will quickly deteriorate clay flues.
All modern stoves and fireplace inserts most likely require the chimney flue to be relined as well.
Many chimney problems can be avoided with proper maintenance.
Chimney caps, masonry waterproofing, flashing sealant, chimney crown sealant.
A chimney cap can prevent many problems down the road. Every chimney should have a cap!
All caps we install come with a lifetime warranty against corrosion.
We use professional grade chimney products. To get more information regarding chimney maintenance products we use, visit the Chimney Saver website.
If your Chimney is shoing signs of deterioration, we can help.
We perform masonry repairs from Spring time to Early Fall, weather and scheduling permitting.
We specialize in chimney repairs and fireplace restoration/renovation.
Please keep in mind that our masonry schedule runs from Spring to Fall.
We get booked quickly!
We offer free estimates within our service area.