Fort Lee Chimney Repair Company Discusses Chimney Liners
Guardian Chimney describes how a chimney liner works and what type to use
By: Guardian Chimney
Chimney liners are placed inside chimneys to protect it from combustion byproducts, such as corrosion and heat. Chimney liners serve three main purposes. First, they protect the home from excess heat in the chimney. Unlined chimneys tend to allow heat to move through too rapidly, often allowing nearby woodwork to catch on fire.
Second, chimney liners protect the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. Gases penetrating brick and mortar reduce the life of the chimney itself since the acidic nature of flue gases eat away at the mortar inside the chimney, causing erosion. This in turn can cause reactions with any combustibles lining the chimney walls. Toxic gases, chiefly carbon monoxide, then filter back into the home itself.
The third purpose for a chimney liner is that it provides the correct-sized flue for optimum efficiency. A flue is designed to allow all that is harmful (varying types of combustibles)
Guardian Chimney recommends a stainless steel chimney liner for wood-burning fireplaces, gas/oil furnaces and wood stoves. An aluminum variety of chimney liner is less expensive but is used mainly in gas furnaces and hot water tanks. They are not intended for use in wood-burning stoves or fireplaces or gas/oil furnaces.
A stainless steel chimney liner can be seen as an upgrade or improvement to previously existing liners. When new liners are installed, they are usually coupled with a high temperature withstanding insulation that further protects the masonry from damage.
Homeowners having issues with a crumbling masonry-based chimney or with gases possibly escaping back into the home should consider a chimney cleaning at the least. The chimney sweep will be able to assess preliminary level issues and determine any problems. Should a cleaning not determine the issue affecting a chimney liner, Guardian Chimney also offers a video inspection in which a camera is dropped down the existing flue to look deeper into and identify the culprit behind an ill-performing chimney.
Guardian Chimney is a masonry repair, chimney cleaning, waterproofing, tuckpointing and chimney inspection company serving Fort Lee and all of New Jersey. They are known for reliable and efficient chimney repair and other chimney-related services. For more information on chimney liners, visit the blog at http://guardianchimney.com/