Chimney Liner Repair | Chimney Leak Inspection & Chimney Flue Liner Installation
Magic Mountain Chimney Sweeps of Frederick, MD, provides chimney liner repair, inspection and installation services for our customers in Hagerstown, MD, Thurmont, MD, and other local Maryland communities.
One of the most important components of your chimney is the chimney liner. Made of various materials including stainless steel, aluminum, clay tiles and poured-in-place masonry, chimney liners serve two important purposes:
- Liners allow for the smooth, efficient drafting of smoke and toxic gases up through the flue
- Liners protect adjacent home and chimney materials from heat and water damage
When your chimney liner is in good repair, all is well. When it is cracked, decayed or otherwise damaged, serious problems can result.
Chimney Liner Repair
During an inspection, our certified chimney technicians will spot chimney liner damage and explain the best way to repair it quickly and with the least cost to you. Any solutions we recommend are done with the singular goal of safety for you and your family.
If you have a tile liner, eventually you may notice chunks of clay or entire tiles falling away from the structure. In this case, there may also be some decay of the chimney’s bricks and mortar. This scenario puts the masonry at risk for ongoing damage from moisture and easily could lead to a chimney or house fire. Some faulty clay liners can be repaired, although adding a new liner is often the smartest move.
Metal chimney liners also can degrade after years of use. In some instances, these can be repaired, but often the best solution is to install a sturdy new liner.
Poured masonry chimney liners can suffer various levels of damage to the point that their material begins to flake and fall away. Repairing this type of chimney liner can be a complex and time-consuming job. Usually, we will recommend the installation of a new stainless steel liner, which is comparatively simple to install and will provide years of efficient service.
Chimney Liner Inspection When Installing a New Appliance
When you connect a new appliance to your chimney – such as when adding a fireplace insert to an existing masonry fireplace – it’s critical to make sure the current liner is compatible with the drafting requirements of the new appliance. Magic Mountain’s chimney inspectors hold certifications from the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute, ensuring you of a thorough, accurate inspection and correct workmanship should liner modification be necessary.
If Your Chimney Doesn’t Have a Liner
Chimneys in newer homes are required by law to have a proper chimney liner. Older homes, however, may have never had a liner installed. If you live in an older home, we can install a new liner that will protect your chimney and increase the efficiency of the draft.
Extending the Chimney Liners Life
The best way to prolong the life of a new or existing chimney liner is through annual chimney sweep services. During a chimney cleaning, our certified technicians use industry-grade equipment to remove corrosive creosote and soot from the inside of your chimney liner. Creosote will eventually damage any kind of liner, so it’s smart to have it cleaned out once a year. Additionally, creosote can easily ignite and cause a chimney fire. Even a small fire can cause significant damage to chimney liners and the materials around them.
Regular chimney inspections also extend the life of your liner by spotting early signs of damage so the problems can be fixed before extensive repair projects are necessary. In fact, your overall chimney and fireplace system will last longer and operate more efficiently when you schedule regular safety inspections and preventative repair work by our skilled chimney experts.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your chimney liner, or if you need to have a new liner installed, call the chimney and fireplace leaders at (301) 695-6991. Magic Mountain Chimney Sweeps holds the highest national certifications and is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild.