The purpose of a chimney and its
liner is to safely vent exhaust gasses from a combusting appliance, out of the house.
What We Look At:
Many older houses have
masonry chimneys with terra-cotta flues while newer homes utilize metal chimneys.
Both the exterior masonry (or chase) is scrutinized, the flashing examined, and the
condition of the interior liner inspected. Many times, the chimney has to be
cleaned before the flue can be fully viewed.
Typical problems we see
are: Damaged brick, mortar joints, cracked caps, and poor flashing
condition. Often times older homes have cracked flue liners, deterioration of the
firebox and damper, etc.