Chimney Lining Makes It Safer To Build A Fire In Your Fireplace
If your chimney is getting old, it may be time to have professional chimney lining done. The first step is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. This allows the inspector to get a good look at the chimney and to decide if a liner is a good idea.
Liners are usually in new chimneys, but old ones didn't always have them. So, if you don't have one, it's probably a good idea to consider getting a liner put in, and if the bricks or tiles are damaged, then getting chimney lining done will make your chimney safer. Here's how.
A Lining Keeps Gas And Sparks From Escaping
When your chimney gets old, the bricks can crack or crumble. The chimney may even shift when hit by strong wind or when the foundation settles. This could allow gaps to form that let toxic gases from the fire seep through the chimney and into your living space. Sparks or embers may even fly through a gap and land on your sofa or carpet and start a fire.
When chimney lining is done, the liner is positioned against the chimney so it's between the bricks and the fire. This keeps gases and fire from getting through and being a hazard to your home.
Chimney Lining Reduces Creosote Buildup
You'll still need to have your chimney cleaned and inspected when it has a liner, but you may notice there is less creosote building up when a lining is done. One reason for this is that fire tends to burn hotter when there is a liner installed, and that can reduce creosote buildup.
You may also have fewer downdrafts and problems with smoke when your chimney has a new liner put in.
A Lining Protects Combustibles From Heat
Your chimney goes up through your attic and roof. If the heat inside the chimney is excessive and a brick is cracked, the intense heat can escape the bad chimney and cause combustibles that are nearby to catch on fire. A liner stops this problem by putting a protective barrier on the chimney wall that won't let heat escape.
Chimney Lining Stops Moisture Problems
When you have chimney lining done, the liner protects the bricks from moisture that forms inside the chimney. When moisture gets in the bricks, and the bricks freeze, cracking can escalate. When a liner is in place, the bricks are protected from moisture, and if for some reason, the cracks get worse, no gasses, heat, or fire will get through the liner to pose a safety hazard.
Reach out to a company that offers chimney lining to learn more.