All of the parts of your chimney system are important for safe and efficient chimney function year after year. Your chimney liner is like a human’s skin. It’s one of the largest parts of the system, has an important purpose, and is often neglected and mistreated.
Why Line Your Chimney?
No matter what type of chimney liner you use, it is essential that it is maintained so that it’s in good shape. Chimney liners line your chimney from top to bottom. It can change the size of your flue so that it’s appropriately-sized for new appliances. It also keeps your family safe.
- Your liner protects your masonry from corrosive gases.
The byproducts of a fire are corrosive to masonry. Without a liner, your masonry is in constant contact with corrosive creosote which can lead to damaged masonry and leaks.
- Your liner contains the heat from your fire.
As the chimney vents the fire, it also holds heat that can affect the materials of your house. Over time, constant or periodic heat applied to beams can weaken them, leading to a structural issue or fire hazard.
- Your liner keeps carbon monoxide from affecting your air.
An appropriately installed chimney lining system keeps the carbon monoxide inside the flue. Without a liner, carbon monoxide can escape through the porous masonry and poison your family.
Types of Liners and Their Use
Homes with old masonry chimneys probably have clay tile liners. These are appropriate for use with wood fires only because they cannot withstand the moisture produced by a gas fire. They are cheap and easily installed but do not last. Clay tile liners need periodic maintenance such as re-lining and joint repairs in order to keep working safely.
Newer structures and systems that have been re-lined may have stainless steel liners. Stainless steel liners are a popular option because they should last 80 years with proper maintenance. They are also appropriate for use with all fuel types, so they’re a great option if you’ll likely convert in the future.
HeatShield® Cerfractory Flue Sealant
HeatShield proprietary Cerfractory® technology is a combination of ceramic and refractory material which can be applied to a damaged flue liner to restore it completely. In fact, HeatShield® can fully restore a clay tile liner, and it will afterward be safe for all fuel types. HeatShield® Cerfractory Flue Sealant can repair joints in a lining system, resurface it, or line it completely through an easy process by a certified technician. If you need a liner repair or installation, give us a call.
Signs You Need a Repair
If your masonry chimney feels hot to the touch or if you find flakes or pieces of clay tile liner, you may need liner repair. If your chimney doesn’t have a liner, you need a liner installation. Your chimney system is not safe to operate without one.
New Buck Chimney Services is experienced and trained in HeatShield® product use and installations as well as installing stainless steel liners. Whether you want a repair, a replacement, or installation, New Buck Chimney Services can be your chimney solution. Call us today to schedule your lining services!