Most of our homes have fireplaces and chimney in them. The purpose of the chimney is to provide a safe way for the smoke and fumes to exit our homes through chimney liners. Specifically when we are using our fireplaces, furnaces or hot water heaters. Modern technology has changed the way we use to think about fireplaces and chimneys. They are no longer the main source of heat in our homes. They have been getting replaced with newer heating systems that serve our entire home. Despite this shift, almost all of these chimneys are being used in some way to vent. In fact, your chimney may be using three or more different flue vents, in order to service your home. Many of these chimneys are unlined chimneys that can let dangerous deadly gases escape into the interior of your house. A chimney relining is the best way of overcoming many problems that may come up in a chimney that has been damaged due to water, freezing temperatures, and a chimney fire.
Chimneys that are venting oil furnaces and other modern heating systems, should always have a chimney liner that is in good order. Quite a few masonry chimneys that we inspect, not only have old or damaged lining in them, some have no lining at all! Many of them are just hooked up to old brick flue liners that were never meant to carry fumes from forced air heating systems and hot water tanks. If you have an unlined chimney, you can in most cases, install a new stainless steel liner through the old unlined chimney. Or if your chimney has a liner that is old or damaged, it can be relined and repaired. In the past, builders and heating equipment installers have not always used the best-recommended practices when installing heating equipment. Quite a few masonry chimneys we see are very old, damaged, decaying, and may not have been built right in the first place. This is one of the very most substantial reasons to have your chimney inspected.
The chimney safety institute estimates that every year in the USA, there are over 375,000 thousand home fires that are related to chimney fires. And hundreds of deaths due to those fires and fumes. There are several reasons and unique ways that your chimney can become dangerous and deadly, even after years of service. This is especially accurate when your chimney is being used to vent oil or gas furnaces and is vented through an unlined chimney. The old mortar will crumble with time. Water damage, freeze damage, and earthquake movement will also cause this. All of these can change a chimney that is working right to a chimney that is dangerous. Take the time to look at your chimney. It can tell you quite a bit if you know what to look for. One of the tells of an unlined chimney is the brick will turn white on one side of the chimney only. If this is happening the acid in the oil or gas fumes are penetrating the chimney brick. You need a new chimney relining. Vast areas of darkened water damaged brick, split and broken brick, and moss growing anywhere on the chimney, and missing mortar joints are reasons for a new chimney liner.
Stainless steel liners can secure the safety of your masonry chimney. By rendering you a continuous stainless flue from your furnace, water heater, or wood stove to the top of the chimney. They are the first line of defense against chimney fires, deadly fumes, and creosote build up. With proper chimney linings and care, chimney fires are entirely preventable. Chimney liners come in ridged and flexible formats. Choose the chimney liner for the type of fuel that you are burning. Make sure that it is designed for the job it was meant to do. It's perpetually a constructive idea to insulate a metal flue with a wrap or jacket that is designed for that purpose. Since the flue temperatures on high-efficiency furnaces are typically lower. This will help maintain more elevated temperatures within the metal flue, and reduce corrosive condensation. This adds a measure of safety to your relined chimney. Give us a call for a free inspection of your chimney and flue liner.