One of the vital parts of the chimney system is the flue liner. It has many important jobs that keeps your chimney working properly and efficiently. The liner keeps the heat from leaving the chimney as it travels up the flue. It is also sized to match the capacity of the fireplace, insert, or stove, to create the best circumstance for an efficient fire. When the flue liner becomes damaged it can be a serious hazard, allowing heat and poisonous gases to leave the chimney system, damaging the structural materials in the home and polluting the air.
Unfortunately it is impossible for a homeowner to inspect their own chimney liner. The best thing you can do for your flue liner is to schedule routine maintenance to protect it. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends annual inspections for your safest and most efficient chimney. During this important assessment, a certified chimney sweep will get a look at the entire system from top to bottom.
So Your Flue Liner is Damaged?
If your chimney technician finds that your chimney liner is damaged it might have cracks, holes, and spalling in the clay lining. There can even be rust and holes in a metal lining. Every crack or hole is dangerous to your family and your home. Your chimney sweep may offer quotes for repairs, and these should reflect the amount of damage described in his report, but any damage to the liner is too much damage.
Soot Patrol installs stainless steel chimney liners, the most durable and efficient choice in the industry. A stainless steel liner is appropriate for any type of fuel, and it is the longest lasting flue liner on the market. With the right chimney expert installing your stainless steel liner, you can expect it to last the life of your chimney.
Protecting Your Flue Liner
Soot and creosote, natural byproducts produced by your fire, are always traveling through your chimney while the fire is lit. This material collects on the lining of the chimney and can continue to build up into a creosote deposit. Soot and creosote are corrosive to the flue lining, even more so when combined with moisture. During times of high humidity, like in the spring and summer, your lining can become corroded. Then when you light your fire in the fall and winter you have no idea that you’re risking your safety.
Keep the creosote and soot under control by scheduling a chimney sweep. A chimney sweep has special tools to brush out residue and debris before it causes damage. A chimney sweep is an affordable preventative measure you can take today in order to save from catastrophic damages later.
A Northwest Fireplace and Chimney technician is available to take your call today. We can reline your chimney because of damage or because you are changing fuel types and need a stainless steel liner. If you suspect you need a relining call (219) 413-2349.