Protect Your Chimney & Home With A New Liner!
If your chimney is currently functioning without a liner or with a damaged or improperly sized and installed liner, you could run into some serious trouble and expenses down the line. Without that important, fireproof, waterproof, insulated barrier that’s created by a chimney liner, your home is far more vulnerable to fire and water damage. In fact, some safety organizations have stated that it’s borderline criminal not to have your chimney lined, especially after tests on unlined masonry chimneys in the 1940s and 1980s indicated rising concerns about their safety.
The only way to know for sure if your chimney liner is in good shape or up to code is to contact a professional chimney technician. Using closed-circuit cameras, the technicians at Above & Beyond Chimney Service will be able to show you images and/or video of the inside of your chimney. At this point we can determine what, if any, work needs to be done to shore up your chimney against the demands put on it by extreme heat and Mother Nature.
Why Does My Chimney Need To Be Lined?
Why not continue to do without a chimney liner? A fire is no fun if you have a sneaking suspicion that something unsafe is hidden inside your chimney. A chimney liner will provide you with peace of mind and protection, for a far more enjoyable fire. But that’s not the only thing a liner does. Here are the three main functions of a chimney liner:
1) A liner will protect your house from the transfer of heat from combustibles. Less chance of fire!
2) A liner will protect your chimney’s masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. Flue gases, when left to penetrate brick and mortar, are proven to cause a reduction in the usable life of a chimney.
3) A liner can provide the correct sized flue—and ensure optimum efficiency—for the chimney that’s connected to your woodburning stove, gas or oil furnace.
Types Of Chimney Liners
There are three main types of chimney liners—metal (usually stainless steel or aluminum), cast-in place, and clay tiles—all of which work to contain the combustion products created by your fireplace or furnace and to funnel them safely into the atmosphere outside your home. Depending on whether or not your chimney is already lined, and if so, the condition of your existing liner, the chimney technicians at Above & Beyond Chimney Service will likely recommend one of the following products for lining or repairing the lining of your chimney:
- Thermocrete: This flu-sealant, while not technically a chimney liner, serves a similar purpose and is a great solution for chimney restoration and repair.
- Golden Flue: This cast masonry chimney liner adds structural strength to your chimney, increases appliance efficiency, bonds loose masonry, and more.
- Ventinox: This welded, flexible stainless steel liner is great for upgrading or restoring masonry chimneys. Because it’s flexible, it’s a great option for chimneys that have unusual turns or shapes.
Find Out What Condition Your Liner Is In – Call Us!
Schedule a chimney inspection today with Above & Beyond Chimney Service. Call us at 781-383-0415. We look forward to keeping your chimney in tip-top shape!
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