Liner Issues? Let Our CSIA-Certified Chimney Relining Experts Help!
The chimney liner plays such a vital role in the performance, efficiency, and safety of your chimney system, which is why it’s imperative that it be properly sized and in good condition. But damage can occur, and when it does, repairs must be made to ensure safe and continued use of the fireplace system. Of course that’s not the only time to reline. Here are the most common reasons to invest in a new chimney liner:
- Leaky Chimney/Water Damage — Moisture from a chimney leak or from the gases produced by the fire can quickly damage aluminum and clay tile liners, leaving them riddled with holes, cracks, and gaps. When this happens, the efficiency and safety of the entire system is compromised. Why? Cracks and holes can allow carbon monoxide, hot ash, stray embers, and smoke to enter nearby walls, where they could lead to a fire, damage nearby framing, and expose you and your family to carbon monoxide. These holes, cracks, and gaps can also slow down the passage of smoke, inhibit draft, and reduce efficiency.
- Chimney Fire —Even though your liner is designed to take the heat, a chimney fire can cause clay tiles to pop and crack, and can cause other serious damage to the liner as well. Additionally, many chimney fires are the result of creosote, a highly corrosive byproduct that can eat away at the metal or clay tile liner, rendering it unsafe for continued use.
- Flue Resizing —If your flue is not the correct size for the fireplace opening or appliance, you could experience all sorts of efficiency issues, as well as smoke problems. For this reason, it’s important to have your flue liner checked for proper size when installing a new appliance. You may need to have a new stainless steel liner installed at the same time, one that makes the flue the correct size for the appliance it’s venting.
- Change In Fuel Type/Appliance Type —Not every type of liner can safely and effectively vent every type of appliance or fuel. That’s why, when switching from one type to another, you may need to reline the flue. Stainless steel is always a safe bet, as it’s UL tested and approved for safe use with all types of fuel, including gas, wood, and pellets.
- Failing Clay Liner — If the clay tile liner venting the appliance is in sad shape as a result of thermal shock, freeze/thaw, acid attack, or age, the liner will need to be replaced. As long as the chimney itself is structurally sound and clean, we may not need to remove the clay liner before installing the new liner. If, however, the clay liner is severely damaged or we need to clear some space for proper insulation and draft, we may need to remove the clay tile liner first.
- Condensation/Flue Gas Cooling — Installing a new insulated liner can greatly reduce condensation issues and corrosion and help keep flue gases warm enough to achieve proper draft and quickly exit the chimney. If you struggle with smoke problems, carbon monoxide problems, and draft problems, a new insulated liner can be a game changer.
- Inadequate Clearance From Combustibles — During an inspection, we may find that there is’t sufficient clearance from combustibles, like beams in walls. In these situations, we may recommend relining with an insulated liner that will boost safety and keep fire risk low.
- Efficiency/Performance Problems —When a chimney system isn’t working at optimal levels, you can lose heat up the chimney, waste fuel, and end up with a fireplace or stove that’s inefficient and a low performer. In some cases, installing a stainless steel liner can resolve the problem, but we also specialize in restoring chimneys and fireplaces with the all-in-one Ahren-Fire Fireplace Restoration system. This system is known for resolving a host of efficiency, safety, and performance issues, including improper construction, safety code issues, and clearance from combustible concerns.
Which Chimney Liner Is Right For You?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for chimney liner issues, which is why we’re proud to offer our customers a few different options. Whether the chimney vents your fireplace, stove, insert, furnace, boiler, or water heater, we’ll carefully inspect and evaluate your chimney liner, and make trustworthy recommendations for relining and restoration that are tailored to your specific needs and situation. Our relining and liner restoration options include these choices:
- HeatShield ®chimney liner repair & resurfacing systems
- Forever Flex stainless steel liners
- Cast in place flue liners
- Ahren-Fire Fireplace Restoration system
- Boiler/Furnace Relining with 316Ti or AL 29-4C stainless steel alloy
No matter which one makes the most sense for your home, you can count on our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney pros and HeatShield® factory-trained and certified installers to provide quality work that makes your chimney system safer and more efficient.
Schedule your chimney inspection today and find out whether or not it’s time to reline your chimney by calling 970-234-3330 or filling out our online appointment request form right here on our website. We’re Grand Junction’s experienced, dependable, and courteous sweeps and we’re here to serve you!