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There are lots of really good reasons to have your chimney flue lined. For starters, a chimney liner helps a chimney to do the job it was intended to do, which is to protect your chimney from the extreme heat generated by your heating appliance, as well as contain the byproducts of combustion and direct them safely outside your home. Chimney liners are also great at containing chimney fires so that they don’t spread to other areas of the house.
In addition, carbon monoxide can more easily enter your home if your chimney doesn’t have a liner. Liners protect chimneys from the corrosive byproducts of fire, which can weaken brick and mortar and penetrate it, letting dangerous gases into your living area. There are three main types of chimney liners—clay tiles, metal, and cast-in-place; typically older chimneys are outfitted with their original clay or terracotta liners, while new chimneys will almost always get a stainless steel liner. If your old terracotta liner has become cracked or broken, or if your chimney is missing tiles or mortar joints, Lords Chimney can make sure these problems are remedied. We can also install a safe, durable stainless steel chimney liner with a lifetime warranty if a problem is present, or if your clay liner was damaged by a lightning strike or a chimney fire.
All chimney safety organizations recommend that a chimney be lined; in fact, in most states fire codes mandate chimney liners. These recommendations became more and more resounding following tests in the 1940s and 1980s by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). Chimneys were tested in response to questions about their performance and safety, and unlined chimneys were deemed so unsafe as to be a “little less than criminal.”
Need more convincing about why you should have your chimney lined by a professional? Read on.
Why Does My Chimney Need to Be Lined?
A chimney liner is necessary for three main reasons:
1) It safeguards your house from heat transfer to combustibles. It’s been shown that adjacent woodwork caught fire in only three and a half hours in unlined chimneys. Liners protect chimneys from this rapidly moving heat.
2) It protects your brick and mortar from creosote and other byproducts of combustion. When highly acidic flue gases are left to eat away at chimney brick and mortar joints, there’s a reduction in the chimney’s usable life. Weakened mortar joints also allow heat to transfer more quickly to combustibles, putting homeowners at increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
3) It provides you with a just-right-sized chimney flue for optimum efficiency and reduced creosote buildup. Depending on the type of heating appliance you have—a wood stove, gas or oil furnace, etc.—you will need to have a specific-sized flue for your appliance to perform at its best. This is so combustion products can safely escape your house while your chimney generates draft enough to supply the appliance.
Need to have your chimney relined and live in the greater Houston area? Give us a call at 281-497-4000, or use our convenient appointment request form.
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.