Our chimney relining & restoration service includes restoring, renovating, and repairing where possible, however if required we can also demolish, rebuild and reline all types of chimneys.
Aside from inferior construction, the main cause of leaking and problem chimneys are caused by chimney fires, usually as a result of not having the chimney cleaned. When a chimney catches fire the temp can exceed 1000 degrees centigrade rapidly, subjecting the flue liners to thermal shock, resulting in cracked flue liners. This can then allow harmful gasses escape into the house through the cracks and bedded joints in the blockwork.
Chimney Relining & Restoration Process
Having got to the stage of commencing work, it is not as nightmarish as you might believe. A great deal of preparation goes into protecting your belongings. Furniture is removed into adjoining rooms, and if this is not possible the furniture is covered and sealed in plastic covering. Dust sheets are applied to the floors and taped around the edges thus preventing dust from entering your carpets and floors. (We take great pride in leaving your home in as clean a condition as we can achieve.) The Fireplace is boxed in for protection. Dust sheets are applied to the hall, stairs, landing and the bedroom.
The work begins by breaking in through the wall and removing the all the existing flue liners and then fully relining the chimney to comply with the current building regulations.
The openings are bricked up and re plastered ready for decorating, redecorating can begin soon after.
General Chimney Stack Problems
Damaged chimney stacks can allow water penetration resulting in dampness on the chimney breast internally and wet rot in the roof timbers.
Damaged chimney stack liners can inhibit the flow of smoke exiting the flue terminal, resulting in down draughts and leaks of harmful dangerous fumes into your house.
Damaged chimney stacks with water saturation compounded with freezing temperatures, causes contraction and expansion creating further damage on an ongoing basis resulting in the bedded joints of the block / brick work separating, making the chimney stack unstable and under adverse weather conditions liable to collapse.