A chimney seems like such a simple structure, and the purpose seems clear. It serves to get the smoke from the fire in the fireplace up and out of your house. Simple, right? However, did you know that your chimney actually has many parts? The dampers, the flue, the firebox – these are just a few of the parts that have to work together. These parts ensure that the gases and chemicals released during combustion get out of your home, so that you and your family are safe. Another important part of your chimney system is the chimney liner.
A chimney liner does pretty much what the name says: it lines your chimney so that the brick and mortar are protected from the byproducts of a fire. These byproducts corrode the masonry and make your chimney less stable over time. Another thing that your chimney liner does? It protects the interior of your home from the heat that is transferred up the chimney, while you’re burning a fire. Without this protection, some of the combustible items in your home that are in close proximity to the chimney could actually start a fire!
It’s important that your chimney liner is sized accurately, so that there is an efficient route for the smoke to leave the fireplace. Without correct sizing, you could either get more creosote build-up than you should be getting or more carbon monoxide build-up; both of these circumstances should definitely be avoided.
Importance of Relining
Unfortunately, your chimney liner will not last forever. Upon inspection, you may find that your chimney has no liner. If this is the case, you’ll definitely want to add a liner for protection and efficiency. However, you may find that you have clay tile liners. Clay tiles have been used for years to line chimneys. For the most part, these work well. Unfortunately, because of the shape of tiles and their make up, they can cause inefficient venting – and they are also hard to replace. Clay tile may also be susceptible to cracking. This is because of the rapid change of temperature that can occur when you burn a fire in your fireplace.
A better bet would be to go to a stainless steel variety of chimney lining such as that used by Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. Stainless steel offers a smooth surface so that the smoke will have a smooth route to follow as it makes its way out of your chimney, as well as long-lasting durability.
What Will They Do?
When you decide to have your chimney relined, the chimney service company will have to remove the old lining to make a place for the new. When a chimney service has had experience in relining chimneys, they will be able to correctly install the liner. One that will be the perfect fit for your chimney and make quick work of the relining process. Jiminy Chimney has the experience and the expertise to get this job done right!