Since our last article, “Top 3 Reasons to Sweep Your Chimney & Fireplace in July”, we’ve had several questions regarding chimney liners. What are chimney liners? What is the function of a chimney liner? How to identify if the chimney liner needs replacing?
If you have a gas fireplace or a wood burning fireplace, our answers will apply to both situations.
What are chimney liners?
A chimney liner is a piece of metal that sits inside the chimney flue located right above the firebox. A chimney liner is a single, continuous piece of metal, typically made of aluminum or stainless steel. Superior Chimney installs a stainless steel chimney liner as it provides the best fire protection, it is highly durable and corrosion resistant. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.
What is the function of a chimney liner?
Chimney liners serve 5 main purposes for protecting you and your home.
- Chimney liners direct smoke from the fireplace to the outside.
- If the smoke doesn’t go outside, it increases the risk of a chimney fire.
- Chimney liners reduce the amount of creosote that can form on the chimney walls.
- Chimney liners also direct carbon monoxide, released by the fire in your fireplace, to go directly outside as well.
- Chimney liners protect the chimney bricks and mortar from deterioration and damage.
How to identify if the chimney liner needs replacing?
This is a bit tricky. There are no obvious signs that the liner needs replacing. However, if you notice pieces of brick or mortar or a build up of condensation in the chimney, there’s a problem with the chimney liner that needs to be addressed.
You’ll need a certified technician to help you get this answer: Do you have a chimney liner? If you do, is it sized properly for your chimney? If the chimney liner is too small for the space, condensation can build up along with poor release of smoke from your home. Too large and creosote can build up quickly.
Information is Key
The best way to know more information about your chimney and chimney liner is to have a certified chimney technician from Superior Chimney inspect and clean the chimney and fireplace.
If it’s been a while since your chimney was inspected…even with little to no use, get the inspection and cleaning done today. This can help reduce repair costs like a chimney rebuild or tuckpointing.
Now that you’re armed with great information, contact Superior Chimney today at 877-244-6349 to set up an appointment and get the answers you need about the health of your chimney.
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