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Chimney Relining

For over 90 years it has been required to have residential chimney flues lined.

It has been US code that masonry chimneys have flue tile liners for over 90 years now, but in spite of this long-standing code requirement, many chimneys were built with no liner during the last 90 years!

Chimney relining is a common practice with masonry fireplaces. When it is determined that a chimney has no liner, or that the liner is in disrepair, it is common practice to re-line that chimney with a stainless steel tube. This is a safety and health requirement where the chimney is used to contain the byproducts of combustion from a furnace or boiler or wood stove insert. The harmful smoke, CO2, and CO Monoxide poisoning is still a very real danger in older homes with active chimneys which are compromised.

Residential Chimney Relining applications

Relining is also used to reline factory built fireplaces which have a modern pellet or wood burning insert installed inside of them. The objective of an intact flue is to contain the smoke and gases of the fireplace. When a masonry flue is compromised through years of exposure to acid rain (because no chimney cap was installed) or earthquake (as in California and the western states) or sulfuric compounds from high efficiency home furnaces or boilers being vented inside of the flue, the best option is to have a stainless steel liner tube dropped down from top to bottom and connected to the appliance creating the exhaust. This new tube is called a liner, and the process in total is commonly referred to as “relining a chimney.”

Residential Chimney Relining Scammers- the upsell- do you really need it?

It is not surprising that many chimney service people are in the business of relining chimneys for profit. After all who knows more about chimneys and fireplaces than chimney professionals? The consumer protection advocacy groups will warn any consumer against hiring a contractor to perform a large and expensive repair, like relining a chimney, who just showed up to your house to do some other chimney related service like an annual chimney sweep. Many businesses coach their employees in upselling, and most of the time it is a win-win. But when upselling training gets greedy and technicians are paid on huge commissions, we will caution you against the integrity of the service provider.

How to Protect yourself from Residential Chimney Sweep Scammers

Ask for Proof. Simply ask the technician to prove to you the necessity of the repair. All professional chimney sweeps have a chimney scanning camera on every service van. The camera will expose the cracks and broken flue tiles or missing mortar that is of concern. You should be able to see the picture and see the crack, missing mortar, etc. If the chimney professional does not own or possess a camera for looking inside your chimney flue, then he is not qualified to execute a Level II sweep and inspect and cannot recommend that you need a chimney relining done. If you don’t understand the problem, and the technician cannot help you understand the problem, then wait until you get more information. You should always get 3 bids on all large home service projects. especially chimney relining projects that may be thousands of dollars. Many of these “chimney scammers” have been exposed on TV shows and in newspaper articles. As first line of defense, select a Certified Chimney Professional to review your fireplace needs, and select a company with good online reviews and integrity of their website

Integrity of Chimney Service Professionals

The basics of protecting yourself are just that- common sense. If the professional is missing any of the following, be warned.

  • Certifications of technical knowledge (all Midtown Chimney Sweeps are  CCP Certified)
  • Integrity of the company (all Midtown Chimney Sweeps sign an Ethics Statement)
  • Integrity of the owner/manager (at Midtown Chimney Sweeps we strive to follow the Golden Rule– treat others as we would be treated ourselves)
  • A professional website, vehicle, and business cards (Midtown Chimney Sweeps is a leader– you’re reading our article!)
  • Excellent Online Reviews (Midtown Chimney Sweeps has great reviews!)

We hope this article has been helpful to you as you evaluate your chimney service company.

What people are saying...

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    I can't stress enough how glad I am to have found these guys. Honest, reliable and affordable. Truly enjoyed working with them.

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    Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean! They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around! Thank you so much!

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    Awesome! I had Byron come service the chimney/fireplace of my new home before winter sets in. What incredible, friendly, and knowledgable service. I will definitely use them again. I hugely recommend them to anyone needing their chimney/fireplace services.

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    Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!

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    I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service. I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there. I can't say enough good things about these guys!

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    The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!

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    Great customer service and really helpful!!

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    My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.

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    Glen was terrific. He got here on time, was curtious and cleaned up after himself both inside and out. Price was fair. I'd recommend Midtown without hesitation.

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    We found these guys to be very helpful, professional, and competent at a great price.

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