Does your chimney have a liner? It may not. Many older homes have masonry chimneys that were either unlined, or the clay tile liner has long ago fallen away. This is dangerous and puts your family at risk of fire and carbon monoxide exposure. An easy way to tell if your chimney has a liner is to simply look. You shouldn’t determine your chimney safety by using a mirror, but you can use a mirror to figure out if you have a liner. If you don’t, it’s time to get one. The liner is essential to chimney safety, and no matter how long you’ve gone with a damaged or missing liner, it’s important to not go a day longer. Do not light a fire in a chimney that doesn’t have a liner.
The Flue Liner
Your flue liner is a barrier that protects you from your fire. It helps the fire to vent properly because it should be the exact diameter and height for optimum ventilation. It also protects the masonry from corrosive materials such as soot and creosote which coats the inside of the chimney system. Without the liner, the soot and creosote would coat and corrode the masonry over time. The smoke and heat from the fire would travel through the masonry and affect your home, exposing your family to carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes and allowing the structural materials to become heated and weaken over time.
- If your chimney feels hot to the touch, your liner may be compromised and allowing the heat from the fire to travel through the masonry.
- If you find pieces of clay tile in your fireplace, your liner is cracked and falling away.
- If you have found animals inside your chimney system, your liner is likely scratched and damaged from the teeth and claws of intruding animals.
- If you suspect a problem with your chimney liner, it’s time to call the professionals.
White Glove Repairs Liners
Your chimney liner is an important part of your chimney. It is likely the largest part of the chimney and constantly abused by high heat, chemicals, and time. If your liner is damaged, it will likely go unnoticed for quite some time before it is recognized. As soon as you are made aware of a liner problem, it’s time to call a professional. At White Glove Chimney and Air Duct, we repair damaged liners. We repair and replace liners to restore your chimney system to safe and proper function. We won’t waste your money and our resources by doing more than necessary.
- Cerfractory Repair – If your chimney liner has damaged portions, we can repair it with HeatShield® cerfractory sealant. This product allows us to repair portions of the flue liner or reline it completely. When we use HeatShield® to repair or reline the chimney, it is safe for use with all fuel types, just like stainless steel liners.
- Stainless Steel – Perhaps the most expensive option for liners, the stainless steel liner is the most durable and long-lasting. When we replace your liner with a stainless steel one it will be safe for all fuel types and will last up to 80 years.
Think you need a liner repair? Call White Glove today at 530-924-3164