DIY Chimney Repairs with Stainless Steel Chimney Liners and Caps
When was the last time you talked about chimney repair options? Perhaps sometime between the second Tuesday of last week and never?
Have you ever noticed or experienced, in your child or yourself, repeated upper respiratory health problems, lack of energy, tiredness, sleepiness during the day?
Or maybe you want to sell the house and the inspector says you have cracked chimney flu tiles. It needs a costly repair.
This repair that we never talk about can be wealth threatening or even worse, life threatening to us or our family.
Good News about Chimney Repairs If you're handy and can work off a ladder, this is a job that you can do it yourself and save, possibly thousands of dollars.
More importantly, if done right, you will never have to worry about it again (only if you get a true life time warranty even if you DIY or do it yourself).
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If not DIY, you can hire someone to do it at a fraction of the cost of traditional masonry chimney repairs.
Are You an Educated Chimney Repair Consumer?
What are your chimney pipe repair options?
Option 1: Rebuild the chimney from the ground up.
Option 2: Reline the chimney with new concrete walls.
Option 3: Reline the chimney with a flexible stainless steel chimney liner. This is the most common way to repair a chimney. If you can work off a ladder, are handy, you can do it yourself and save, probably thousands of dollars.
Different types of metal chimney liners.
Flexible Stainless Steel Chimney Liners
Flexible stainless steel chimney liners are made from a relatively thin and very flexible stainless steel. They are made especially for corbeled chimneys, those with joggs or offsets. Because they are flexible they can snake themselves down most chimneys. They are an excellent choice for most repairs that require a new liner.
Rigid Stainless Steel Chimney Liners
Rigid stainless steel chimney liners are made from solid sections of stainless steel pipe. The sections fit together and are used in straight chimneys, those where no jogs exist allowing for the pipe to slide down the chimney without any bending.
And don't forget the chimney cap. It is an important component to protect the system.
A Chimney Relining Kit? One way to save is to buy all the components in a kit.
Chimney Safety Not to be overlooked is the need for safety when installing and working on or near the chimney and heating equipment.
How to determine if a reline is needed for a chimney repair:
- The chimney has missing or damaged flue tiles.
- The cross sectional area of the flue of a chimney venting solid fuels with no walls exposed to the outside below the roof line is more than three times the cross-sectional area of appliance flue collar.
- The cross-sectional area of the flue of a chimney venting solid fuels with one or more walls exposed to the outside below the roof line is more than two times the cross sectional area of appliance flue collar
- There are hairline cracks in the flue tiles or mortar missing between the flue tiles.
- The system has a history of repeated excessive creosote buildup.
- Deemed necessary by the appliance manufacturer.
Before making a chimney repair with a new liner read this:
Consideration should be given to determine whether the chimney is a good candidate for relining with a stainless steel system. A thorough inspection must be made of the general condition of the chimney. Loose or deteriorated mortar and cracked or missing bricks should be repaired.
Care should be taken to locate and close any holes not being used as a thimble. The chimney should be thoroughly cleaned of tar glazed creosote, debris and other obstructions. Only one coal or wood burning appliance should be connected to a single chimney flue. Do not connect a wood burning appliance to any flue venting a gas fired appliance.
NFPA 211 requires that the chimney be at least 3 feet higher than the point where it passes through the roof and at least 2 feet higher than any part of the roof within 10 feet measured horizontally.