28 May 2021
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All About Chimney Liner Installation

Chimney liner installation is a common service that is a great way to increase the safety of your home. This is one of the many services provided by Ageless Chimney. Chimney liners can further assist in the function of other appliances in your home. It is very important to have a liner to prevent moisture and combustible products from seeping into the masonry of the chimney. 

 

A chimney lining system is intended for use with all traditional home heating appliances that use oil, gas, or wood, and vent through a masonry chimney. A chimney liner installation is recommended for all unlined masonry chimneys and chimneys with any cracked or damaged terracotta clay flues. Ageless Chimney chooses liners that are stainless steel, crush proof, and come with a lifetime warranty.

 

Chimney Anatomy

Below are diagrams of the anatomy of the chimney. 

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Boiler Chimney

Carbon monoxide and water vapor from the boiler releases from the home using the boiler flue/chimney.  

 

Boiler/Water Appliances 

These appliances connect to the chimney flue to vent properly from the house. The appliances chosen in the home perform better when properly attached to the chimney liner.

 

Bottom Plate 

The component used to seal the fireplace and chimney liner.

 

Chimney Cap

This piece covers the top plate. The chimney cap prevents weather and other elements from harming the chimney flue. In addition, the function of the chimney cap includes allowing chimney gases to vent out from the top. 

 

Chimney Liner

A stainless steel round or oval pipe installed in chimney flue, venting harmful gasses and water vapor to exhaust from the top of the chimney.

 

Chimney Flue

A clay, ceramic, or metal passageway installed inside of a chimney. The chimney flue contains the combustible exhaust, directing it to the outside atmosphere. Most importantly it protects the chimney walls from heat and corrosion.

 

Chimney Parge

The bonding agent of mortar concrete is applied to the inclined walls of the smoke chamber. This gives it a smooth surface and allows the fireplace smoke to enter the chimney flue. In addition, parging the chimney protects the walls from the high temperature from the fire. 

 

Fire Box

The location where the fire burns. There are masonry and metal fireboxes. This depends on the type of fireplace. 

 

Fireplace

A structure connected to the chimney, made of brick, stone, or metal that can contain a fire. 

 

Fireplace Insert 

Stone, wood, or gas appliances that are already inside of a fireplace. The function is to increase the heat generated.

 

Insulation

Installed in between the chimney masonry and liner, the insulation helps prevent creosote buildup. Two types of chimney insulations include TherMix and insulation blankets. The choice of insulation depends on the amount of space in this area. 

 

Snout

The connector between the chimney liner and appliance. 

 

Smoke Chamber

With the help of the slanted walls, the smoke chamber compresses the exhaust gases into the chimney flue. This area of the chimney also refers to the draft created in this space. When built properly, the smoke chamber will have a good draft.  

 

Smoke Pipe 

Used as a ventilation system for attached appliances.

 

Stainless Steel Chimney Liner

This liner is more beneficial to wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Stainless steel chimney liners keep the chimney walls protected for many years. 

 

Stainless Steel Tee

The tee attaches the chimney liner and smoke pipe for other appliances. 

 

Tee Cap/Clean Out

Chimney ashes are collect at the clean out door. It should also seal properly to prevent drafts. 

 

Top Plate

Placed at the top of the chimney liner, the top plate prevents water and other weather elements from entering the chimney flue. 

 

Wood Stove Adapter

The point where the stove pipe and chimney liner connect for stove appliances.

 

 

Reasons to Install a Chimney Liner

  •  Fire Safety
    • An essential layer of fire protection between heat and combustible framing around the chimney.
  • Improved Performance
    • Improves draft and operation of appliances.
  • Easy and Effective Cleaning
    • Minimized soot and creosote build-up, little cleaning.
  • Long-term Preservation
    • Liner acts as a barrier against water damage.
  • Reduces Creosote Buildup
    • Extreme buildup of creosote is a major cause of chimney fires. The expansion and contraction of the chimney liner allows the creosote to break off.

 

 

Types of Chimney Liners

The experts at Ageless Chimney have years of installing chimney liners. Our team has been helping homes everyday stay protected with chimney liners. Chimney liners allow the smoke to have an exit point, preventing combustible products from staying trapped. Check out our team installing a liner here in Long Island. 

 

Clay Tiles

A traditional type of liner that can last for many years. Older homes have clay tiles installed. To update the chimneys, many replace them with a stainless steel liner. A drawback with clay tiles is that when fires occur, it is more likely for masonry to break and allow the fire to spread quickly. It is also very challenging to repair clay tiles, often the reason for transition to a meal liner. 

 

Cast in Place Chimney Liners

To form a new flue, chimney experts pour concrete mortar into the chimney. This improves the chimney structure. This liner is also very challenging due to the installation process. 

 

Metal Chimney Liners

There are two types of common metal chimney liners. The first type of liner is the stainless steel chimney liner. This is a very popular choice in Long Island due to the many benefits.  Wood burning stoves and fireplaces use stainless steel liners. The benefits include resistance to corrosion, higher temperature regulation, and a long lifespan. Whereas gas appliances use aluminum chimney liners. 

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Stainless Steel Chimney Liner

Lifetime Chimney Liners 

 1. The Lightweight-Flex Chimney Liner

     An economic choice that is a strong and durable liner.

 2. Welterweight-Flex

     An economic choice that is a hybrid lightweight and middleweight liner

 3. Middleweight-Flex

     A cost effective, high draft, double wall liner.

 4. Light Heavyweight-Flex

     A Hybrid Middleweight and Heavyweight Liner

 5. Heavyweight-Flex

     An unbreakable, double thick, and super durable liner

 

FuranFlex

An innovative solution for heat and corrosion-resistant lining of gas & oil heated chimneys. Installed in it’s soft state, FuranFlex will inflate by the steam, taking the shape of the chimney. As a result of the heat, it hardens to form a heat & corrosion resistant composite liner of steel hardness. This chimney liner is great for chimneys that have irregular shaped flues. Ageless Chimney has experience in FuranFlex chimney liner installation. 

Advantages of FuranFlex

Our skilled Ageless Chimney technicians will propose FuranFlex as the best option for specific chimney situations. The many benefits include:

  • It is unnecessary to demolish walls. This makes it a cleaner option
  • It can be applied to all types of boilers & chimneys
  • Chimneys up to 100m height & 120cm diameter can be lined without joints being applied
  • Its inner surface is smooth and its heat insulating capacity helps boilers operate economically
  • In addition, it does not corrode for about 25 years

 

 

NFPA Codes (National) 

Annual Inspection Code:

NFPA 211.14.1 Annual Inspection

Chimneys, Fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year in accordance with the requirements of 15.1

 

Cleaning Code:

NFPA 211.14.2.1

Cleaning, maintenance & repairs shall be done if necessary.

 

Lining Code:

NFPA 211.14.9

If the flue liner in a chimney has softened, cracked or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion (I.E. heat, moisture, creosote & flue gases), the liner shall be removed & replaced, repaired, or relined with a listed liner system.

 

Smoke Test Code:

NFPA 7.1.7 Smoke Test

Masonry chimneys shall be proved tight by a smoke test after construction and before being put into use.

 

Lifetime Chimney Warranty 

Check out their website to fill out and learn more about their warranty. Ageless Chimney chooses Lifetime Chimney’s liners for their elite products in addition to the lifetime warranty. 

 

 

FAQ About Chimney Liners

What is NFPA?

NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association that provides guidelines for fire safety. 

 

How can I tell if I need a new chimney liner?

It is time for a new chimney liner once the current liner is broken, has cracks, or is unsafe. If your chimney does not have a chimney liner, Ageless Chimney highly recommends to install one. 

 

How long do chimney liners last?

The lifespan of a chimney liner depends on the type and quality of the chimney liner. Clay flue chimneys last around 50 years. Whereas metal chimney liners last 15 to 20 years. Thus, Ageless Chimney’s choice, Lifetime Chimney, offers a lifetime guarantee on their chimney liner products. 

 

How can I prevent a chimney fire?

Having your chimney swept and inspected once a year can prevent chimney fires. Ageless Chimney technicians preform chimney inspections that check for any problems or damage to your chimney. 

 

Why do I need to insulate my chimney?

Chimney insulation helps the temperature stay regulated. Then making the flue gases warmer and increasing the speed of ventilation upward, preventing condensation build up. 

 

 

What Our Clients Say

Below are testimonies from our great clients regarding our chimney liner installation services. 

 

“I found this company through online reviews and very pleased with the work they performed ! I had part of the chimney rebuilt , inner steel liner installed and point entire chimney. They were prompt, professional and excellent work ! They cleaned up afterward where you would never know there were any construction work done prior ! Nick was great , he remembered all tasks we discussed during our consultations and completed them all. Highly recommend them.” – KC from Massapequa, NY

 

“Our oil company came to do the annual boiler cleaning and said there was a nest in the chimney. I had their recommended chimney company come for an estimate and they said we needed a new liner and brickwork (we have a very old house so I wasn’t surprised), but their price seemed high. I’m usually wary about calling a company without a personal recommendation, but I called Ageless based on their on-line reviews and couldn’t be happier. Their price was considerably less than we were quoted by the first company. They arrived on time, were able to do the work the same day and were done in about an hour. The guys were very professional and everything was clean when they left. Don’t be surprised if you see this same review on other web sites – I’m very happy to recommend this company!” – Isabel F. from Merrick, NY

 

Just had Ageless (Nick and Brian) come and install a new chimney liner and chimney cap, and rebuild flashing. Super personable, friendly and very helpful in explaining the process and giving suggestions for the future, as well as being kind and patient with the 200 questions we posed. They were professional and respectful of my home and cleaned up meticulously. I was beyond impressed with their work, and would highly recommend them for any of your chimney needs.” – Melissa C. from Lindenhurst, NY

 

Many homeowners are aware of chimney liners and most of their functions. When on a job, Ageless Chimney makes sure to first explain the problem with the existing chimney structure. After that they will provide the solution and execute to ensure the chimney function is above standard and can perform properly. As stated above, our knowledge, work, and professionalism impresses many homeowners. This has led to the many five star reviews we receive. Our client reviews describe the above standard services. This allows us continue to maintain chimneys across Manhattan and Long Island. 

 

 

Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Chimney Liner Installation! 

Chimney liners are a very important aspect of the chimney to ensure it is safe to use. Equally important, the liner is a crucial component to the chimney structure, to increase the performance for appliances and the chimney function. 

 

With the help of Ageless Chimney, choose the best solution regarding your chimney structure and maintenance. In brief, trust the experts to take you through the chimney liner installation process. With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Chimney 516.795.1313 or click here to schedule your free estimate today! 

21 May 2021
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Benefits of Waterproofing a Chimney

Waterproofing a chimney is the best way to resolve a leaky chimney. Would you leave your windows open if it was raining outside? What if it was pouring? Or even snowing? Well you are doing all that and more if you have a chimney that is cracked. And the scary part is you may not even know it. Even tiny cracks can expose your chimney to moisture, freezing, cracking and deterioration. The porous masonry absorbs water and can result in these damages. The more water absorbed, the more dangerous it can be for the chimney system. Below lists the reasons a chimney can be leaking, regardless of the season. Our Ageless Chimney team is a professionally fully insured company dedicated to all aspects of chimney including repairing chimney leaks and waterproofing

 

Causes of Chimney Leakage

There are some visible signs of water damage on chimneys. Some include discoloration, cracking, spalling, or gapping of the masonry. If you have seen any of these signs form or begin in your chimney, it is time to call the professionals at Ageless Chimney. Other causes of chimney leakage include:

Damaged Flashing: Chimney flashing is the sheet of metal installed around the area where the chimney meets the roof. The flashing ensures that the connection between the chimney and roof is watertight. Chimney flashings have to be replaced after extreme wear and tear, that happens over some time. 

Damaged Chimney Cap: Chimney caps are a very important part of the chimney to prevent rain and snow from deteriorating the inside of your chimney. Popular chimney caps include stainless steel, copper, and kydex colored steel. Some include a stainless steel mesh that helps as a spark arrestor to minimize burning debris from rising out of the chimney. In addition the cap also provides a barrier to present animals and debris falling into your home. If the chimney cap is damaged, it is very possible that it is the reason for the chimney leaking.

Missing Mortar: If water is absorbed by the masonry, it can be very easy for damage to occur. Gaps and missing mortar will allow water to easily access the structure of the chimney which can result in even more damage. 

 

Reasons to Waterproof your Chimney

Hiring a professional, like Ageless Chimney, for a waterproofing service has many benefits. Regardless if the homeowner uses the chimney, waterproofing is recommended to maintain the structure. Sealing the masonry, even before cracks begin to form, prevents water damage, making the chimney structure last longer. In addition, to replace a chimney crown or other elements of the chimney can be costly. In addition to masonry repair, an important element of the chimney are chimney crowns. Other benefits to waterproofing a chimney include:

1. Block water absorption from mold and vegetation growth in and on your masonry.

2. Keep your brick and mortar from cracking, spalling, or gapping.

3. Protect your masonry from black and white discoloration.

4. Allow your brick and mortar to “breathe” and release water vapors.

5. Prevent damage that normally occurs following a freeze-thaw cycle.

 

Types of Chimney Waterproofing

Depending on the type of chimney your home has, there are different services to waterproof. Ageless Chimney offers waterproofing services to both masonry chimneys and at the foundation of the chimney. The masonry of the chimney should be sealed by waterproofing to prevent water damage.

 

How to Waterproof your Masonry Chimney

Masonry of the chimney is one of the first defense lines between the internal chimney structure and natural weather occurrences. Heavy winds, rain, extreme temperatures, snow, and storms can affect the chimney structure, weakening the masonry. Freezing and thawing is a very common cause of mortar and joint structures to weaken, allowing water to enter the masonry and chimney. 

Waterproofing a chimney in Long Island using a chimneysaver product
Waterproofing using ChimneySaver

1. Measure the surface area of your chimney

Calculate the total area which will determine the amount of materials needed.

2. Clean the chimney

Remove all mold, dirt, rust, and creosote stains from the chimney surface. Creosote: a soot that forms in the chimney after usage. Creosote can easily be removed when first formed, but not after it builds up becomes a tar like substance. 

3. Protect Non-Target Areas

Use an absorbent material around the base of the chimney to avoid discoloration.

4. Minor repairs

Fix chimney cracks before waterproofing.

5. Apply the spray on water repellent

Start waterproofing from the bottom to top with a fan type nozzle.

6. Cleanup

Our team will carefully remove all supplies and drop cloths on the roof and anything that may have fallen on the property below.

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ChimneySaver water repellent

 

ChimneySaver: Ageless Chimney’s choice of water repellent for waterproofing a chimney. A special spray-on waterproofing product that is designed to allow your brick to breathe while protecting it from moisture. Benefits of using ChimneySaver products to waterproof the masonry of the chimney include protection of freeze and thaw cycles, a matte finishing, and protection from stains. When ChimneySaver products are applied by professionals, such as Ageless Chimney, there is a ten year warranty that can be registered for.

To learn more about ChimneySaver products, visit their website

 

 

How to Waterproof the Foundation of your Chimney

If your chimney is sitting on the outside of your house and water is leaking into the basement next to it or surrounding areas, there is most likely a leaking problem from the masonry of the chimney. Our skilled Ageless Chimney team can service the chimney by waterproofing the foundation and prevent future leaks. The cleanout door is where interior acid and moisture could be leaking into the house from the chimney. 

 

Steps to waterproofing a chimney Ageless Chimney Long Island chimney repair experts
Steps to waterproofing a chimney

1. Excavate

Using the post hole digger, excavate down to the bottom of the foundation around the base of the chimney. 

2. Minor Repairs

Grind any foundation cracks and remove loose mortar. 

3. Hydraulic Cement

Fill the cracks with hydraulic cement; a product used to prevent water leaking into the masonry and concrete of the chimney construction.

4. Bentonite 

Backfill the hole with bentonite; a clay like material used to form a wall between the masonry and soil. After that, activate the bentonite with water.

5. Backfill

Fill the top of the hole with soil, allowing grass and vegetation to grow.

6. Cleanup

Our Ageless Chimney team will carefully remove all supplies and leave the area clean, ready to use. 

 

Protect your Chimney with Waterproofing

If the masonry of the chimney is maintained correctly, there should be minimal problems with the chimney structure. Waterproofing a chimney on your own could result in more damage due to cheaper waterproofing products. Other products can be silicon based, not allowing the masonry to breathe, as well as trapping the water inside of it. Our water repellent, ChimneySaver is a water based sealer, a more effective choice for preventing water damage to your chimney. After that, our Ageless Chimney team services your chimney, the masonry will be protected from water and more detrimental damage. Keep your chimney looking great with the service of Ageless Chimney!

 

FAQ About Waterproofing Chimneys

How long does the waterproofing last?

There are several variants to decide on how often a homeowner should waterproof their chimney. Waterproofing sealing products, like ChimneySaver, guarantee a ten year warranty. It also depends on the condition of the chimney masonry, and natural weather occurrences including wind and rain. Although there may be other maintenance due to repair the chimney, the waterproofing service should be redone about every 10-15 years. 

 

How is the waterproofing sealant applied?

When you choose the professionals at Ageless Chimney, our team uses their choice of ChimneySaver to apply to the chimney using a spray on nozzle. However, this application is not painted or hand placed on. To cover the chimney effectively, the spray on nozzle application is the best choice. 

 

What are the top types of water damages to a chimney?

Chimney water damage includes internal and external damage. Externally a chimney can be damaged after freezing and thawing, resulting in cracking and weakening the mortar joints. Internally, the water seeps in and mixes with soot and creosote, damaging the chimney flue and liner. 

 

How can I tell if my chimney is leaking?

If the homeowner can find any of the following signs, they should call the chimney professionals to check the condition of their chimney. Signs include: visible cracked mortar, strong odors around the chimney, water in the firebox or surrounding walls, and discoloration around the exterior and interior of the chimney. Chimney experts will also find water damage and leaks during a chimney inspection, after which offering the correct service to fix the chimney. Be sure to have service repaired to the chimney before the structure becomes damaged as well. 

 

When should I call a chimney professional?

Call the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified professionals at Ageless Chimney now to service your chimney, preventing water damage today! Our waterproofing services maintain the chimney, preventing leaky chimneys. Our Ageless Chimney team will explain the process to the homeowner, and follow the steps above to ensure the chimney is waterproofed correctly. Additionally, if you find that there are signs of chimney damage, give Ageless Chimney a call for repairs too.

 

 

What Our Clients Say

Below are some testimonies from our amazing clients regarding water damage and leak repairs. 

“I called on an emergency basis and Nick came right away to look at the issue and diagnose. Very friendly , honest and reliable. So my liner was deteriorated and the bricks at the top of the chimney Was black with oil/soot. He made me a priority since I didn’t have hot water/heat since the puff back from my boiler. The work was done at a reasonable price and the labor wasn’t easy. Nick called the next day to follow up on how everything was going, he also listens. The office is easy to contact and very friendly to speak with. I’m 1000% satisfied with this company.I definitely recommend them who needs a hassle when owning a home can be stressful enough. They definitely relieved my anxiety.” – Lisa A.
“I have been using Ageless Chimney Inc. for about 2 years now. These guys are great! Since I have absolutely no knowledge of chimney’s, I was definitely nervous when shopping around for a chimney repair company. Luckily I came across Bobby and Sherwood at Ageless.  These guys have a very personable and trustworthy approach to the business. They explain the work that needs to be done in simple terms, so I can understand. I always recommend to my family and friends when anyone needs work on their chimney. Lucky to have found these guys!” – Nick B.
Ron and Cric were the best! They were extremely reliable and professional and very knowledgeable! I highly recommend ageless Chimney! A pro roofing company came and misdiagnosed the issue and Ageless Chimney found the problem! Ageless Chimney is the best” – Carol L. 
“Bobby and Sherwood came to our house in Massapequa after my wife and I had been dealing with a leaking chimney for weeks.  After providing us with a reasonable estimate they performed the work the following day and our chimney has not had a leak since through several storms.  Would definitely recommend them to family and friends.” – Joseph S.

 

 

Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Waterproofing Maintenance! 

As most homeowners know, getting rid of a leaky chimney can be an extremely confusing guessing game on how to fix it. Our customers often remark to us how grateful they are to our team to solve their tricky problems. Many companies attempt to repair through trial and error, taking more time. Above all, our Ageless Chimney team prides ourselves on our efficiency and accuracy. Be proactive in fighting against water damage and leaks, schedule a waterproofing service today with the professionals!

Although spring showers bring flowers, chimney leaks also come along. Living in New York has its challenges regarding chimney maintenance. The four seasons allows weather to really affect the masonry of the chimney, making it even more important to have service completed. Above all, ensure your chimney system is protected against all water damage by calling the chimney experts at Ageless Chimney. In addition to the waterproofing services that we offer, we offer other services to repair your chimney, keeping the masonry of your chimney protected for years to come. 

 

Above all, the spring and summer seasons are the best time to waterproof and repair chimneys! With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Chimney 516.795.1313 or click here to schedule your free estimate today! 

 

May 18, 2021