Your fireplace and chimney form a surprisingly complex system with a number of parts and pieces that must all be in good condition to allow you and your family to use your fireplace safely. However, because of the complexity of fireplaces many homeowners often do not notice signs of damage in hard to reach areas.
One such repair that is often missed is damage to the chimney liner. Because it is not visible without a trained eye or special equipment, many homeowners do not even notice their lining is damaged until they are told so by a chimney sweep.
In the past, relining a chimney was a high cost process that might even result in damage to your home. Now, products like HeatShield® allow homeowners to have their chimneys relined without the expense, time, or damage that comes with having clay liner tiles removed.
What is HeatShield®?
HeatShield® is one of the most innovative products available in the chimney industry today. It is a specially formulated sealant that can be used both to repair small sections or the entire length of the flue. It is designed to withstand the heat, sparks, and embers created by your fireplace, protecting the surrounding building materials.
HeatShield® products are environmentally friendly and made of naturally occurring and recycled materials. This can give homeowners the additional peace of mind that they are not exposing their family to any dangerous chemical compounds while having their chimney repaired.
How it works
Before applying HeatShield® products, a certified technician from Magic Broom will begin by video scanning the interior of your chimney liner. The HeatShield® product is then applied and smoothed using a blade that is custom designed to fit your chimney. This ensures that the product can cure and dry correctly and is applied evenly. Your Magic Broom technician will then do another video scan to ensure that all holes, cracks, and gaps have been filled.
Because it can be spot applied to large and small areas of the chimney, it is ideal for chimney systems that are structurally stable but need their surface areas repaired. Likewise, HeatShield® may be able to be used to repair any damaged joints between clay tiles to help reseal the entirety of the flue.
Benefits of relining your chimney
The primary purpose of a lined chimney is to protect the rest of your home from the heat, gas, soot, ash, and embers as they flow up the chimney and out of your home. A chimney that is correctly lined creates a barrier between the hot air and embers in the chimney and the building materials that surround it, reducing the risk of a chimney fire spreading. Likewise, liners keep gas and other byproducts of combustion from entering the rest of your home. This not only helps keep your family safe and healthy, but also extends the life of the surrounding masonry.
If you have been told you need to reline your chimney, consider using HeatShield®. Contact Magic Broom today to find out what the HeatShield® products can do for your chimney!