FireGuard Flue Repair — A Better System That Gets You Better Results
If you’ve been over to our Chimney Relining page, you’ve already been through Chimney Liner 101 and you know why it’s so important that your chimney liner be well-maintained and kept in great condition.
But while you were over there, you may have realized that your chimney liner is in need of repair or replacement, and now you’re weighing your options and wanting to learn more about the different methods and materials used.
Good call! But you don’t need to make the decision alone.
The team here at Wright’s Hearth, Heat & Home is certified, licensed, insured, and experienced, and when you schedule an inspection with us, you can be confident we’ll provide you with all the information needed to know what to do next.
When restoration is possible, we may recommend FireGuard Flue Repair, which is what we’re going to spend this entire page talking about.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the uses and benefits of this flue repair and resurfacing system…
What Makes The FireGuard Flue Repair & Resurfacing System Different & How Does It Work?
Truth is, there are a few different flue liner repair systems out there for masonry chimneys, but none of them are like FireGuard.
FireGuard is the only system that uses a ceramic material and pinpoint vibration to make repairs. Why does that matter? Let’s take a look…
#1 Ceramic material
The ceramic material used in the FireGuard flue repair and resurfacing system is temperature rated to 3,205 degrees F, which is the highest temperature rating in the industry. That means that the repairs made with FireGuard will last and resist the damage that comes from thermal shock.
No, we’re not talking about what you experience every time you go into the home of someone who’s in their 90s. (Does their age have to match the number on their thermostat?!)
We’re talking about what happens when you put newspaper in your fireplace. It creates a quick burst of heat, which has been shown to cause clay tile flue liners to fracture.
With the excellent temperature rating of the ceramic material used during FireGuard repairs and resurfacing, you’ll never have to worry about thermal shock again.
Plus, this ceramic material helps strengthen the flue liner and the bond between tiles or sections of the liner.
#2 Pinpoint vibration
As the only system that uses pinpoint vibration, FlueGuard has another advantage.
That vibrating movement gets the ceramic material deeper into tight mortar joints and fractures, and helps ensure an even, consistent distribution of the product over the surface of the flue.
In other words, the military-grade vibrator that’s installed inside of the applicator ensures better results than other systems.
What’s The Flue Repair Process Like? What About The Resurfacing Process?
FireGuard can be used two different ways:
- Mortar joint repair
- Resurfacing repair
The mortar joint repair is useful when there are gaps and fractures between tiles in the liner.
The resurfacing repair, on the other hand, is great for overall repair, strength, and resurfacing. We’d be more likely to recommend this if deterioration and damage were present throughout the liner, top to bottom.
As far as process is concerned, the two are similar in more ways than they’re different.
We’ll start by protecting the interior of the home using drop cloths and other protective items. Once that’s done, we’ll install a wench at the bottom and at the top of the chimney, so we can easily pull the applicator up and down the flue.
Next, we’ll insert the applicator, which is wenched down to the base of the flue to start.
Here’s where things differ:
- If we’re doing a mortar joint repair, we’ll pour the ceramic material down into the flue and onto the applicator. That applicator is then wenched back up the flue, filling open mortar joints and leaving behind a layer of ceramic material over any cracks or fractures as it goes. Once the process is complete, you’ll have solidly filled mortar joints and fractures, and a lightly coated flue liner. (Oh, and this FireGuard repair is backed by a lifetime limited factory guarantee against material failure.)
- If we’re resurfacing the flue using FireGuard, we’ll pour the ceramic material down into the flue and onto the applicator, wenching up the applicator to apply a base coat to the entire flue liner. Once that’s dry, we then repeat the process and apply a second coat. Once the process is complete, you’re left with a solidly resurfaced flue liner that’s backed by a limited 25-year factory guarantee against material failure.
As a whole, FireGuard is able to fill in any gaps or fractures, and repair deteriorated, defective, or damaged flue liners. In fact, it’s the first patented system in the U.S. designed to do just that.
The ceramic material paired with the pinpoint vibration application method produces a flue liner that’s heat-resistant, acid-resistant, water-resistant, and ready to protect against gas seepage and heat transfer.
What you’re left with is a safer, better liner than you had before.
Call Today For Expert Chimney Relining Advice That’s Based On Facts
Ready to find out if FireGuard is the best medicine for your deteriorating flue liner? Call Wright’s Hearth, Heat & Home at 828-687-9002 or request an appointment online and we’ll send someone from our family out to help yours.
The video scanning equipment we use will allow us to get a detailed look at the flue liner, so we can recommend the very best chimney repair and relining option for you — based on facts, not favorites. So give us a call today!