Relining Furnace in Herndon: A Unique Approach to Chimney Safety

Insulated ductwork and copper piping of a heating system in a residential basement.

At Winston's Chimney Service, we work to deliver exceptional service and ensure the satisfaction of our clients. Recently, we undertook a project that perfectly showcases our commitment to quality and expertise. This case study details our successful chimney relining project for a house in Herndon, VA. The client found us through an online search, and we completed the project within a single day.

Understanding the Scope of Work

Our client reached out to us with concerns about their oil flue and water heater chimney systems. Over time, these chimneys had deteriorated significantly, posing potential safety hazards. The vent pipes exhibited rust and corrosion, the masonry was compromised, and there were evident signs of wear and tear.

Close-up view of deteriorated vent pipeClose-up view of a deteriorated vent pipe with visible rust and corrosion.

The initial inspection revealed multiple issues:

  • The flue pipe connected to the water heater was severely corroded.
  • The masonry around the chimney exhibited significant wear.
  • Several components of the system were outdated and did not meet current safety standards.

Our task was clear: relining the furnace chimney to ensure it met all safety regulations while restoring its functionality.

The Challenge of Relining

Chimney relining is not just about replacing old pipes; it involves meticulous planning and execution. The process must account for various factors such as vent capacity, material compatibility, and structural integrity. We began by thoroughly cleaning the existing chimney to remove any debris or blockages that could hinder the relining process. This step is crucial as it ensures a smooth installation of the new lining system.

Unfinished basement with exposed ceiling beamsFurnace with new pipes for venting

Implementing Our Solution

With over 45 years of experience in this field, we understand that each project requires a unique approach tailored to specific needs. For this particular job in Herndon:

  • We used high-quality stainless steel pipes known for their durability and resistance to corrosion.
  • The interior of the chimney was resurfaced so the existing chimney structure could easily vent for the hot water and furnace without compromising its integrity.
  • Advanced sealing techniques ensured that there were no leaks or gaps that could affect performance.

The installation process involved several key steps:

  • Removing debris from within the chimney shaft.
  • Resurfacing the interior of the existing chimney
  • Securely anchoring the piping from both appliances and hooking them up to the venting system going through the chimney.
Interior view of newly installed chimney linerA perspective looking down into the resurfaced existing chimney

Tackling Challenges Head-On

Every project comes with its set of challenges, but our team is always prepared to tackle them head-on. In this case:

  • The confined space within the basement required careful maneuvering during installation.
  • The presence of insulation around pipes necessitated additional precautions to avoid damage.

Nevertheless, our experienced technicians navigated these hurdles efficiently without compromising on quality.

Ensuring Client Satisfaction

One aspect that sets us apart at Winston's Chimney Service is our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. From start to finish:

  • We maintained open communication with our client regarding progress updates.
  • The final inspection ensured all work met both industry standards and client expectations before concluding our visit.

Our client's feedback was overwhelmingly positive—they appreciated how quickly we completed such an extensive job while maintaining high standards throughout every phase.

Metal ductwork with insulation wrapping visibleA view showing metal ductwork and piping from both the furnace and the hot water heater hooked up to the pipe leading out to the chimney system for venting.

Why Choose Winston's Chimney Service?

Our success story doesn't end here—it's merely one example among many projects where we've delivered outstanding results by prioritizing safety first alongside technical excellence. With over four decades' worth of experience serving Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington DC areas offering a diverse range of services including inspections, sweeping, installations, restorations, and masonry repairs—we're a trusted name in the industry because we consistently deliver the highest-quality workmanship backed by unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. By choosing us, you can rest assured knowing your home is in good hands because we genuinely care about your well-being and comfort. 

Get In Touch Today!

If you're facing similar issues and need reliable expert help don't hesitate to reach out to Winston's Chimney Service Contact us via phone (+17033795006) visit our website ( and learn more about our comprehensive solutions tailored to meet your unique needs! Remember, maintaining properly functioning chimneys is essential to ensuring you and your family's overall health and safety; so why wait? Let the experts handle everything while you enjoy peace of mind knowing the job is done right the first time every time.

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109