Chimney Relining Charlotte, NC
Your chimney’s lining is one of the most important parts of your chimney. Over time, your chimney liner begins to deteriorate, which makes using your fireplace hazardous. If your liner is starting to crack or crumble, you need to have your chimney relined before safely using your fireplace again. Leave the chimney relining to our experienced chimney sweeps. We use both cast-in-place masonry chimney linings and insulated stainless steel chimney linings. We take on chimney relining projects that other chimney companies cannot in all shapes and sizes, from squares to rectangles to rectovals.
Chimney Relining Charlotte, NC
Chimney Liner Replacement
It is a good idea to have your chimney liner replaced at some point in its lifetime. It is even more necessary if the liner is composed of clay tiles, as this type of liner is more susceptible to fractures from the constant heating and cooling that it is exposed to.
What Is Creosote?
Creosote is a highly flammable substance that is built up along the inside of your chimney liner and accumulates rapidly from poor burning practices or little maintenance. Creosote can be caused by different kinds of wood being burned, such as pine. For this reason, pine should be entirely avoided as a source of wood for burning. Creosote can also be caused by reduced efficiency and draw of the airflow within your fireplace system. Creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires and can be easily prevented with the installation of a new chimney liner. Chimney liners protect the masonry of your chimney from combustible byproducts, like creosote.
What Is A Chimney Flue Liner?
A chimney flue liner is a metal or clay-made pipe that runs from the top of a chimney opening, down the interior of the chimney to an area where proper ventilation is needed within the fireplace or other kind of burning appliance. The purpose of the liner is to prevent harmful toxins from entering your home because it provides a safe and desirable route to exit your home through the chimney. Chimney liners also work to protect the exterior chimney walls from excessive amounts of heat and combustible byproducts that could possibly result in deterioration. Chimney flue liners are completely necessary to any chimney ventilation system, for fireplaces or any other kind of burning appliance, because it is a key safety feature. You want to ensure that any amount of carbon monoxide from burning wood, oils, or fuels is properly vented away from you and your home.
It is possible to perform a minor chimney flue liner inspection yourself by looking inside your fireplace with a flashlight. You can check from the bottom of your chimney, inside the fireplace itself, or from above by looking down inside the chimney. It is a possibility that your chimney does not even contain a liner. When trying to assess if your chimney has a liner, you will need to look for a circular or rectangular-shaped conduit made from clay or metal that runs along the entire length of your chimney. If you happen to notice any holes, cracks, splits, or any other signs of damage, you will want to have your chimney liner inspected and replaced.
Clay Chimney Flue Liners
For a very long time, clay chimney flue liners were the most commonly and sometimes only option for masonry chimney construction. However, over time they will crack and split and potentially deteriorate. Although it can still be done, it is somewhat impractical to replace worn clay chimney liners with another clay chimney liner.
During the installation of your new chimney liner, we will measure the firebox opening and the length of the chimney for which we will be placing the liner. These factors will determine the size of the chimney flue liner that will be needed for replacement. It is possible to have an incorrectly sized liner installed, however, we will ensure that this does not happen. An incorrectly sized liner can lead to ineffective ventilation, a backdraft of smoke seeping into your home, and the inability to start a proper fire. We will clean the liner already in existence or chimney opening to remove any dirt and debris or creosote. We will then patch open holes, repair loose bricks or broken tiles, and solidify the interior chimney walls. The new liner is then placed into the chimney and insulated. It is sealed at both ends and an optional new flue cover is also installed to ensure that your entire chimney is working appropriately.