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Oil Flues Need Service Too

As we begin to head into winter here in the Hudson Valley, it is time to make sure that your home heating system is ready to keep you warm and cozy. The last thing you need to happen is a malfunction of your oil-fired appliance, and to avoid this situation, you should have your chimney swept and inspected before winter begins. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the area, and we can make sure your oil-fired heating appliance and its chimney are working efficiently and safely all winter long. We would like to tell you more about why it is important to have your oil flue serviced annually and what you can expect from our service visit.

Why do I need to have my oil-fired chimney serviced?fire

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the long running cycles of your oil-fired appliance during the winter are responsible for producing soot that sticks to the interior walls of your chimney. Eventually, this soot will fall and land either at the base of the chimney or directly into the top of your heating appliance. When you neglect to have your chimney swept, the flow of flue gases can be restricted. These flue gases consist of nitrogen, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide. This increases the risk of this toxic gas leaking into your home. Another problem that can occur when you do not maintain your oil-fired chimney is the deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints. The sulphur in soot is absorbed into the masonry materials when it is mixed with moisture, and this can lead to the beginning of spalling damage. Metal flues can also be affected as the sulphuric acid reaction causes corrosion. To keep deterioration at a minimum, you need to have the soot deposits removed every year.

What can I expect from a oil-fired chimney service appointment with All Seasons Chimney?

When we arrive at your home to perform the annual maintenance of your oil-fired chimney, we will begin by setting up our equipment and sealing off any areas where soot could enter your home. We will then start our sweeping process with the pipe that connects your appliance to the chimney. The next step is the inspection of both the interior and exterior of your chimney to look for any damage that could become a safety hazard. If needed, we will sweep the chimney and remove the loosened soot deposits. Once service has been completed, we will restart your oil-fired appliance. If any problems were found during our inspection, we will provide you with a fair and honest estimate of the repairs needed to make your chimney safe to use again.

Make sure your oil-fired chimney is prepared for winter. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment.

What Is the Point of a Chimney Liner?

You have been searching tirelessly for the right historical house to make your new home, and you finally found the perfect one to buy. However, when you get the report from the Level 2 professional chimney inspection you need before you can make an offer on the home, you discover that the chimney is missing a liner. Since chimney liners were not mandated by most The Point of a Chimney Liner - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimneylocal building codes before the 1940’s, it is not uncommon to see unlined chimneys in historic homes, and because of this, All Seasons Chimney is very familiar and experienced with bringing these chimneys up to modern safety codes and standards. For over 25 years, we have been providing professional chimney lining services to the residents of the Poughkeepsie area, and we can help you make the historical home of your dreams a reality by installing the best type of liner for the chimney. We are often asked why chimney liners are so important, and we would like to tell you more about the point of this essential chimney component.

PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM HEAT TRANSFER

The reason why most local cities and municipalities began mandating chimney liners in the 1940’s has to do with the results of tests given by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) concerning the safety of masonry chimneys. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the NBS found that heat moved so quickly through an unlined chimney that it ignited the adjacent woodwork in less than three and a half hours. This is why the NBS stated that building a chimney without a liner was so unsafe that it was “little less than criminal.” All Seasons Chimney can protect your home from the risk of an accidental fire by installing a durable stainless steel liner inside your chimney to stop heat transfer from occurring.

PREVENTS CORROSIVE MASONRY DAMAGE

Without a liner in place, the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney are at risk of damage by the corrosive and acidic byproducts of combustion. A chimney liner protects the masonry materials from being penetrated by flue gases, which can cause serious erosion damage. This type of masonry damage can deteriorate rapidly, and it can lead to dangerous hazards including heat transfers and carbon monoxide leaks. Our CSIA-certified chimney experts at All Seasons Chimney place your safety at the highest priority, and we can recommend the best liners to give your bricks and mortar joints the most ultimate protection against corrosive combustion gases.

PROVIDES A CORRECTLY-SIZED FLUE

A popular way to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to install a new gas insert inside your existing fireplace opening. To make sure your new fireplace insert works at its highest level of efficiency, it is important that the flue size matches the size of the insert. Typically, masonry chimneys are much larger than fireplace inserts, but All Seasons Chimney knows how to solve this problem by installing a custom sized stainless steel liner to give your insert a properly sized flue. We can also perform this service if you currently have a mismatched sized flue for your existing hearth appliance.

In order to function safely and efficiently, your chimney needs several important components, including the liner, in place. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to learn more about our professional chimney relining services.