The chimney system is a sophisticated system and made of many parts. Besides the masonry itself, the chimney liner covers the most area and works as a barrier for fire, heat, and gas to vent properly out of your home. The chimney liner also plays a very important part in the function and safety of your chimney.
Protect the House
The liner keeps the heat, fire, and toxic gases from entering your home. Without the liner, building materials in your home can become heated, grow brittle, and eventually catch fire. If the liner is missing or damaged, carbon monoxide will get into the home and cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause major harm to all those living in your home.
Protect the Masonry
Masonry materials are porous by nature, and corrosive chemical byproducts can easily damage it. The liner serves as a barrier to protect your masonry. Throughout the winter, your flue walls collect soot and creosote regularly. However, a certified chimney sweep can clean your entire system to ensure your chimney is working properly.
Create a Proper Vent
Your liner should be sized properly for your appliance or firebox. If your chimney does not have a liner or has an improperly sized liner, this can cause the efficiency of your chimney to drop. An inefficient chimney is a safety hazard. When you install a new appliance or convert to a different fuel type, you need to consider a new liner for top safety and efficiency.
Common Flue Liner Damage
Your liner become damaged over time, especially if it is not properly cleaned and maintained. Water damage can also cause significant liner damage that puts your home and family at risk. Clay tile liners can especially become damaged over time, as it becomes cracked and joints become damaged. Eventually, there are large gaps in the liner. If you see pieces of clay tile in the firebox, you may need a relining right away.
Repairs for the Liner
At Northwest Fireplace and Chimney, we recommend stainless steel to replace a battered and dangerous liner. Stainless steel is the most durable liner that works for all fuel types. They also last the life of your chimney and home. We can even line a chimney that has odd turns, more than one story high, or a straightforward one needing to get resized.
Make sure you schedule a routine inspection with a professional to ensure your liner is working properly, especially if there are signs of damage. Call Northwest Fireplace and Chimney today at 219-413-2349 or schedule an appointment online.