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Most chimneys are constructed with a layer of clay tiles. The purpose of these tiles is to keep flue gasses inside of the chimney and prevent overheating. It also prevents any carbon monoxide, moisture, soot and smoke from getting into your home. A relining system is necessary if your inner tiles are cracked, damaged or in some cases, had never been installed. In many cases, a home built before 1940 would not have a chimney liner. If you have a home with an unlined chimney, you can easily have a liner installed by a professional.
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In the event that the tiles become cracked, broken, shattered, or separate from each other it is highly recommended that your liner be replaced. Any flaw in the lining can cause dangerous gasses, smoke and more to seep into your home which can be a danger to you and your family.
The easiest and most cost efficient way to replace your liner is to have a professional remove the original clay tiles and replace them with a stainless steel liner pipe. A conversion from tile to stainless steel is far less costly than having to replace your entire chimney. Please keep in mind that additional repairs may be necessary before the new liner is installed, which can add to the cost.
Stainless Liner vs. Clay Tile Replacement?
You can replace your clay tiles, however the Stainless option is exponentially more durable and will absolutely last longer than the tile ever would. Also, the cost is just about the same, so why not go with the better option?
Ideally, you should have your chimney inspected by a professional in order to determine whether you have a liner. Your chimney professional would access your chimney by the roof and look inside. That’s it! Just a simple visual test to see if your chimney is lined. He would be able to tell if your liner is damaged by using a video inspection system.
When should I have my chimney inspected?
Ideally, you should have your chimney inspected annually. However, if you suspect any damage at all it is highly recommended that you have a professional inspection as soon as possible. Additionally, if you know or suspect that you have had a chimney fire, it is imperative that you have an inspection done before you use your flue again.
Most chimney fires are the result of an accumulation of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a natural by product of burning wood, and is highly flammable. Since it is so flammable, it can be ignited with just a small amount of flue gas. You can prevent a chimney fires by being sure to burn your wood at the proper temperature and having your chimney inspected annually.
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