Chimney Liner Installation
One of the most important parts of your chimney is a part that you normally can’t see. It’s your chimney liner. All homeowners need to make sure they have one and know that it’s in good working order. Cover All Solutions can help make sure this critical component of your chimney is installed and works properly. Knowing your chimney liner is in proper working order can give you peace of mind that your family is safe from the threats of carbon monoxide, something that can, and unfortunately has caused death before, such as this tragic case from January of 2018. Both your furnace and your fireplace will have a chimney so it’s important to make sure they are both working as intended to keep your family safe.
How to Tell If You Need a New Chimney Liner
Without the tools of a professional, it is very difficult to tell whether or not a new chimney liner is truly necessary. If you are unsure of whether or not you need a chimney liner, or if you even have one, Cover-All Solutions can help.
What is a Chimney Liner?
The Chimney Safety Institute of America defines a chimney liner as, “a clay, ceramic, or metal conduit installed inside of a chimney, intended to contain the combustion products, direct them to the outside atmosphere, and protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion.”
Homeowners should know that every chimney needs a working liner. They serve several purposes. Chimney liners protect you against the transfer of heat to combustible materials, so fires don’t start. They protect the interior of your chimney, allowing it to last longer and they help guide gasses and particles up and out of the chimney. They help make sure your flue, the duct through which the waste gases produced by a fire or fuel-burner travel, is correctly sized. If the liner is improperly installed it can lead to a build-up of creosote, an oily residue that comes from wood preservatives. This buildup can allow carbon monoxide to enter your home.
There are three main types of Chimney liners:
- Clay Tile Liners: These are the most common types of chimney liners. Clay liners are the most common, they are inexpensive and are easy to find. Because they’re a ceramic product, the tiles sometimes don’t absorb heat as well as other products or distribute heat evenly. This can cause them to split apart. The tiles are built to withstand extremely high temperatures and stand up to corrosion.
- Metal Liners: Chimneys with metal liners are usually made of stainless steel or aluminum. They are often used to upgrade existing chimneys. Stainless steel liners can be used for wood burning gas or oil heating systems. while aluminum is only used for certain gas applications.
- Cast In-Place Liners: This is a method often used to improve and reinforce existing chimney liners. They’re lightweight products similar to cement that are cast inside the chimney making it suitable for all types of systems.
Cover All Solutions has the expertise you need to install a new chimney liner, repair an existing one or to inspect a chimney to make sure it has been installed properly. Having the right chimney liner can make your house safer and make your heating system and fireplace run more efficiency. For more information, call Cover All Solutions today at (516) 796-1952.