Flue Inspections: What Every Homeowner Should Know

We aren’t talking about your fireplace flue.

Your home heating appliance has a flue too. If you have a gas or oil furnace or stove that has a chimney that vents through the roof then you need to read what’s next. From furnaces, boilers, oil, and gas to propane, your home heating flue does a lot of work. A damaged flue can cause many problems, but there is a solution that can help prevent these repairs: flue inspections. 


Issues with the Flue

A flue can be damaged from excessive moisture mixing with the byproducts of combustion to form sulphuric acid that corrodes, eats away and deteriorates bricks and clay tile flue. This can lead to:

  1. Cracked or damaged flue that doesn’t vent combustion gases properly.
  2. Obstructions or deposits in the flue that can lead to fires.
  3. Costly repairs when your flue or home structure has to be repaired or restored.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to head off potential problems with your flue.

Benefits of a Oil or Gas Flue Inspection

During this inspection, we look for basic soundness of the structure and flue along with proper installation and connections from appliance to flue. We also check for obstruction and combustible deposits inside the flue.

An inspection can:

  • give you peace of mind that your system will work safely and efficiently,
  • save you money on large, costly repairs down the line,
  • improve the efficiency of your current heating system,
  • protect your from carbon monoxide leaks.

Homeowner Questions

  1. I already had a chimney inspection, do I need a home heating flue inspection?
    Yes, because it’s two different appliances. Your furnaces, boilers, oil, gas, and propane appliances have a separate flue than your fireplace and their own set of concerns.
  2. It’s already the burn season, don’t I have to wait until Spring or stop using my appliance? 
    No! The best part of flue inspections is that they can be done during the fall and winter seasons, additionally you don’t have to wait until spring to make repairs either.
  3. If I don’t get an inspection will my flue be okay? 
    Maybe. The flue can deteriorate from moisture and combustible gases. Additionally, if there are obstructions then a fire might occur. The best way to have peace of mind and confidence in your system is to invest in an inspection.

They were on time, courteous and very very thorough.
They let me see the visual inspection & went over the inspection report with me in detail.
They cleaned up very well & left no trace.
The price was reasonable given the level of service provided

Leonie, local homeowner

I was contacted 1 hour before the crew arrived. They arrived right on time using custom directions so as not to disturb neighbors (thanks google maps). They were very professional and answered the several questions I had about their process. They left everything in clean working order and a left me with a detailed report on their inspection findings. I had a very positive experience.
Nick, local homeowner

What Sets Brickliners Apart?

Dedication to Education & Training – We are invested in making sure that every one of our employees is trained to perform at the highest level.

Our Products and Technology – We use the most modern and top-of-the-line equipment to inspect, diagnose, troubleshoot, clean, and repair your chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent systems. We believe in using every tool at our disposal to ensure that when we leave your home, your chimney and vent problems are solved and your system is safe and ready to use.

Our Professionalism and Dedication to Customer Service – We know how important our customers are to our success as a business and strive to make sure that everyone we come in contact with is happy and satisfied with the work we do. We know you have a choice when it comes to companies you do business with and we want a chance to show you why we think we are one of the best, if not the best in the business.

Our Commitment to the Community – We take pride in our community and strive to make it a better place!

Ready to Book Your Appointment?


We do not share the pricing of our services on our site, because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc. We can only give you an estimated price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about costs, please call our office and our team will be happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and you can find confidence in our work through our happy customers.


Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.

Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file and it speeds up the scheduling process.

Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.

What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced?

What is the exterior of your chimney made out of?

What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc)

*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.

When it comes to water damage and your chimney, time only makes things worse. The sooner we can address a problem, the less likely it is to require large-scale repairs. If you suspect you have a chimney issue, give us a call today or request an appointment online!