An often overlooked part of your chimney’s anatomy is the chimney liner. We tend to think of the chimney itself as a sturdy, indestructible structure, but it takes wear and tear like other appliances. The chimney liner plays a big part of keeping your interior safe, and your chimney strong. As hard as it may be to believe, some homes used to be built without chimney liners. Some of the liners that were installed don’t meet the standards of today. If the chimney liner protects the chimney, what protects the chimney liner? At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we can answer the question, and follow it with some action.
First, it’s important to understand exactly what it is that the chimney liner does. The chimney liner has three main purposes:
- protect the brick and mortar of your chimney from the corrosive effects of the chemicals released during the combustion process
- to keep flammable items that are close to your fireplace safe from the possibility of getting too hot and spontaneously combusting
- make your fire burn more efficiently by making your chimney the correct size for easy transfer of smoke out and allowing enough draft in for your fire to burn properly. An added benefit of this is that less creosote will build up.
Does Your Chimney Need Relining?
It is very important to make sure that your liner is in great working condition. This is hard for a homeowner to determine on their own, however. It requires special tools and a certain level of know-how to see whether the chimney liner is intact and fits correctly. When you hire the experts at SirVent, you know that you are hiring CSIA trained and educated professionals. We have the latest in video technology and equipment used in the industry. We also exactly what your liner needs to get it in the best possible condition, whether that means repair or replacement.
Types of Liners
Although there are many types of liners out there, many older homes have clay liners. If we detect that this is what you have, and notice that there are cracks in the liner, we will recommend the use of HeatShield. This special product can be used to seal cracks or even resurface clay tile chimney liners. Before HeatShield, cracks in your clay liners often meant costly relining, but this revolutionary product helps you keep your clay tile liner while ensuring your home’s protection from the effects of fire burning. We love using HeatShield to keep our customers safe and worry-free!