Your chimney flue is designed to let gas, heat, and smoke out of your home as quickly as possible. However, exposure to corrosive gas and creosote may cause your flue to crack, crumble, and chip. A cracked or chipped flue can be a serious issue, causing a number of issues with airflow and heat protection. If your chimney flue is cracked, crumbling, or chipped, you may think that it’s time to install a new flue. However, at Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions, we have another option available for homeowners. We use a product called HeatShield® to bring new life to your chimney flue. If your chimney flue has minor cracks or chips in it, HeatShield® is a wonderful option that can save you time, money, and the headache of having a new liner installed.
There are a number of issues that can arise within your chimney flue, but there are some issues that are more common than others. One common issue is cracking in your flue tiles. Cracking in your flue is quite common and can happen for a number of reasons: seismic activity, aging, and house settling, to name a few. Although common, cracks should not be taken lightly. This is because once cracking starts, they can grow larger and eventually cause your flue to crumble.
Another common issue is gaps between the clay tiles that make up your flue. Similar to your chimney masonry, flue tiles are held together with mortar. Over time, mortar can weaken and pop out of place. When this happens, smoke and other byproducts from burning fuel can leak into your home. This can lead to exposure to dangerous toxins like carbon monoxide.
Let Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions help!
At Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions we can repair your flue with a product called HeatShield®. HeatShield® is a product that fills in any gaps, cracks, or chips that may be present in your chimney flue. HeatShield® works by spreading a refractrant on the inside of your flue. As the refractrant is applied, it fills in any cracks, chips, or mortar gaps present in your flue. It also gives your flue a nice smooth inside, giving smoke and gas a nice easy path to the outside of your home. At Hale’s Chimney and Fireplace Solutions, we like HeatShield® as an option for minor issues because it’s cheaper and less time consuming than installing a brand new flue.
Don’t leave your home at risk and have your chimney flue inspected today. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technicians will carefully examine your flue and determine if there are any minor or major issues. If it is determined that there are minor issues, HeatShield® may be right for you. Call Hale’s Chimney & Fireplace Solutions at 972-562-6851, or schedule an appointment with one of our fireplace professionals online today. We look forward to serving you.