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Frederick chimney repair services

It’s one thing to know that your chimney needs repairs. It is quite another to have a full
understanding of the type of repairs it needs. Your best bet is to have an inspection and estimate
done by a Frederick chimney repair service. They can help you determine the extent of the
repairs needed to keep your family and home safe from fire.

Can you just reline a chimney and call it good?
To listen to some of the DIY sites you would think that a chimney in bad repair can be quickly
repaired just by installing a liner. There is no part of a chimney that can function on its own.
Chimneys are integrated elements and each part of it - from masonry to liner to cap to flue - must
be in good working order in order for the chimney to be efficient and safe. Always have your
chimney inspected so you know what work really needs to be done. This is why it is not
recommended to do your own repair work but to have a professional Frederick chimney repair
service do the work. Chimneys aren’t just complicated, but the safety of your home and family
depends on their integrity.
The different types of liners used
There are three different chimney liners that are used for relining and new construction. They
are:
1. Clay
2. Steel
3. Pipe
Each one has its advantages and not all of them can be used in the same situation. If you are
considering switching to an insert you should know that even inserts need to have a chimney
liner. Another important aspect to consider is that steel and pipe liners require additional
fireproof insulation placement. Don’t go by the raw price of the liner in making your decision, go
by the full estimate from your Frederick chimney repair contractor so you know what is really
involved and what it will cost.
What about switching to an insert?
Your Frederick chimney repair company can help you to select the right insert for your
fireplace if you want to switch. Switching over to an insert can be a great way to reduce your
heating costs without losing the beauty of having a fire. There are many different types of insert
types and styles available. One of the key aspects in knowing which one you need to select is the
availability of fuel in your area. You do have to have a Frederick chimney repair company
install the insert and that may involve some repairs to your chimney or relining it. Just putting in
an insert doesn’t get rid of the need for repairs, although it can reduce the extent of the repairs
required.

Talking to your Frederick chimney repair company
Before you call and talk to your Frederick chimney repair company there are a few things you
can do to make sure the conversation is productive. The first thing you should do is take pictures

of the exterior and interior of the fireplace. You don’t have to photograph inside the chimney, but
showing the hearth and interior of the fireplace area in the room is good. Just take the pictures on
a cell phone and email them after you have had the initial conversation. A picture is worth a
thousand words and it can help make the estimate visit more productive too.
Making sure you know what is really involved
Before you agree to any type of Frederick chimney repair contract make sure you understand
what is really involved in the work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how long it will take
and make sure there is an agreed upon process for any changes to the work order. You always
want to have approval for any changes but you also don’t want to hold up the work. One good
way to have the best of both worlds is to agree that any change under $200 in additional costs is
automatically approved. Anything over that amount must be agreed upon by you before work
begins. You also need to make sure you understand how delays are handled as well. Follow all of
these tips and you can begin to build an excellent working relationship with your Frederick
chimney repair company.
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