Chimney relining is the process of installing a new chimney flue liner inside your chimney structure. This ensures that your house is protected when you build a fire on your fireplace or turn on the furnace.
What Is a Chimney Liner?
One of the major parts of the chimney is the chimney liner. Its main purpose is to direct the heat or products of combustion outside the chimney. This serves as a protection to prevent the combustible parts of the house next to the chimney structure from catching fire.
Types of Chimney Liners
There are different types of chimney liners such as clay flue liners, ceramic or cement liners and metal flue liners.
A clay flue liner can last at least 50 years if it’s maintained well by having it regularly cleaned. It can endure the heat and combustion by-products. However, while it can last a long time, it still eventually deteriorates.
A ceramic or cement liner also lasts at least 50 years. Some believe that the ceramic/cement liner strengthens clay flues that are unstable since it’s poured inside the chimney wall. It is resistant to the effects of heat, combustion by-products and condensation.
Lastly, a metal flue liner, also called stainless steel liner, is the most recommended kind of liner by experts currently. Due to what it is made of, this liner can last a lifetime. Furthermore, it is the best type of liner when it comes to fire prevention and protection. While this type of liner is very durable, please do not think that it is going to stay in tiptop condition forever. It can still get damaged, especially if it is regularly used.
Why Is Chimney Relining Important?
Old or damaged chimney liners are dangerous because they can become the cause of a house fire. Aside from being a fire hazard, a damaged chimney liner can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home and cause gas poisoning. Chimney relining ensures the safety of your property and loved ones as it prevents fire and carbon monoxide leak from happening.
To ensure that your house is protected when you build a fire on your fireplace or if you turn on the furnace, your chimney liner should be in good condition.
How do you know if you need chimney relining?
There are several indicators to know that you already need chimney relining. If you recently experienced chimney fire, then you really need to have your chimney relined. Also, if smoke is present in any room in your house most especially the one where the fireplace or furnace is located, it means the chimney liner is already damaged and needs relining.
It is not unusual for old houses to have chimneys without liners. So, if your chimney falls under this category, you definitely need a chimney liner installed for your safety and protection.
Sometimes, however, chimney liner damages do not have tell-tale signs of problems unless the damage is already severe. This is why it is important that you have your chimney inspected regularly. In addition, an inspection is also warranted if you plan to have appliances or a new fireplace. This is to determine if the entire chimney structure is still functioning correctly.
Experts use a CCTV nowadays to check the chimney for internal damages and assess if chimney relining is necessary. This method of inspection enables them to see hard-to-find problems as well as make accurate diagnosis.
Chimney relining is a difficult task and you should not do it yourself. It is important that you contact the experts because having a safe chimney structure is tantamount to protecting all the lives in your home.
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