Is your chimney liner missing, damaged, or past its prime? Then, it may be time to have a new one installed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. Liners help your system function more efficiently, and they keep your household a whole lot safer, too! Learn more below, then turn to our crew with any questions or concerns – we’re happy to provide the answers you’re looking for.
Benefits Of Chimney Liners
Now, the CSIA highlights three major reasons why having a chimney liner installed is so important. The first is to make sure the heat and flames from your fireplace don’t move away from the chimney area and into your home. It only takes a matter of hours before the high temperatures of your fireplace could cause adjacent woodwork to ignite, putting your entire home and family in a lot of danger! Play it safe by having our team look things over today.
Another big contribution chimney liners add is their ability to protect your masonry. If you are missing a liner or if yours is broken down or incorrectly installed, all of the acidic fumes and gases that your fire produces will have easy access to your brickwork and mortar. This will cause the structure to break down in a hurry, thus enabling dangerous gases, as well as smoke and flames, to enter your home. You’ll also be looking at some expensive repair jobs! It’s always better to avoid the hassle and get your liner installed right away.
Finally, liners ensure your system is able to run as efficiently as possible. If things are not fitted just right, your system will be forced to work harder, and you’ll run an increased risk of experiencing carbon monoxide exposure. You’ll also experience higher levels of creosote build-up, and you will likely face lots of damages due to your system’s exposure to harmful toxins.
What Type Of Liner Is Best For You?
Now, depending on fuel type and what type of system you have (e.g. a full masonry fireplace vs. an insert, and whether its wood, gas, or pellet), you’ll need to consider whether or not you have the most appropriate liner type for your unique needs. If you don’t want to take any chances, then stainless steel is always a good bet. The stainless steel liners we use are compatible with all fuel types and insulated as required by the liner manufacturers.
We also offer Heatshield relining methods, as well as cast-in-place flue liners, so please feel free to discuss and explore your options to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for. And if your boiler or furnace need relining, we can handle that, too! You deserve to live in a home that functions safely and efficiently, and we’re happy to provide you with all the tools you need to live easier. Ask us about your options now!
Not sure which liner is right for you? A thorough inspection by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep should remedy that in no time.
When Should Liners Not Be Installed?
If you have a factory built or piped chimney system, then (unless it’s approved by ALL the manuals involved and all requirements are met) a liner should not be installed. All the requirements need to line up in order for the system to operate the way the appliance was tested. Any variation from how appliances, piping systems, or liners were designed and tested to be installed could lead to hazardous situations. Be sure to do your research, or call us as we have already done that research for you, and be certain that all regulations and codes are met to save yourself from experiencing injuries or damages down the line.
Your masonry fireplace and chimney should also be in tip-top shape before having a new liner installed. There is simply no point in making this investment only to realize your chimney needs reconstruction work, or worse that it was improperly constructed or damaged so that even with a liner installed it is still a potential fire hazard. If lined or relined improperly everything that was completed will have to be taken apart and redone, leaving you with a much bigger bill than anticipated. All in all, making sure all repairs are completed by our CSIA Certified staff will save you time and money, and it ensures everything works appropriately when it comes time to actually light fires.
Do you have a lot of creosote build-up? This is another important consideration. It is important to have all of it removed before diving into any relining work. Creosote increases your odds of experiencing a significant chimney fire, and putting a new liner in when creosote levels are high is extremely dangerous. If the old flue liner is damaged creosote may already have spread out into the structure. In order to access and remove this creosote we often have to remove damaged flue liners so we can help assure the safe relining of your system. In the end, a new liner shouldn’t be put in if there is build-up of any kind, so be sure to get a thorough sweeping, and any needed repairs are completed prior to installing a new liner.