Chimney Liners | Masonry Chimney Relining Nicholasville KY
Your chimney has a complex anatomy full of different parts and components that keep it functioning properly so that it safely removes smoke and combustibles from your home. One of the most crucial components of the whole chimney system is the chimney liner. During your annual inspection, our certified chimney sweep technicians will examine the state of your liner and let you know if it is in need of repair or replacement. A fully functioning chimney liner is necessary for the safety of your home and family, so if you are concerned about the condition of your liner, contact us today.
What is a Chimney Liner?
Your chimney liner is the non-combustible lining in your chimney that allows all smoke, gases, and other particles to exit your home safely. The extremely important component of your chimney vents the toxic gases and smoke that is produced by your fireplace, furnace, or stove so it is imperative that it is free of cracks, holes, or deterioration. If there are any breeches in the chimney flue liner, combustible materials may enter into ceilings, adjacent walls, or attics. Chimney liners can be made of clay tiles, aluminum, stainless steel, or casted masonry materials. Each style and material has pros and cons so it’s a good idea to talk with one of our chimney sweep specialists to find out which works best for your home and your lifestyle.
How do I know if I need a new Chimney Liner?
A few signs that you might need a new chimney liner include chimney drafting problems, a smell coming from your fireplace, and broken pieces of clay in your firebox. If your chimney is not efficiently pulling out smoke and other combustibles allowing them to back up in your living space, there may be issues with your chimney lining. A smelly fireplace can also indicate that you have a buildup of creosote and soot forming on your chimney liner. The sulfur in smoke can create a corrosive reaction when mixed with moisture, in turn eating holes in metal liners over time. If you have a clay liner, look for chipped or broken pieces of tiles that have fallen down into your firebox. When water gets into your chimney, clay liners are subject to moisture damage that causes deterioration and cracks that can lead to structural problems and expensive repairs. Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected annually to keep the chimney liner clean and to ensure that there are no potential problems developing.
When a homeowner decides to convert to a new furnace, appliance, or fuel type, they will need to ensure that their chimney liner matches the venting output requirements of the new system. Harsh weather conditions such as snow, wind, lightning, and freeze & thaw cycles can also damage your chimney liner. If chimney relining is necessary, it’s best to address the issue immediately. The number one cause of chimney fires is faulty liners. If you have an older home, your chimney may not even have a liner installed! It’s best to contact our chimney professionals to find out how you can upgrade your chimney so it includes a new chimney liner.