Protect your Chicago area property and its occupants with professional chimney liner repair or replacement by Capital Chimney Corp. If your chimney liner is damage, it can create health risks, increased fire risks and damage to your property the longer it goes unaddressed. Make sure heating your home isn’t putting you or your loved ones in danger with a thorough chimney liner inspection and repair from Capital Chimney Corp.
What Are Chimney Liners?
A chimney liner or flue liner basically forms a barrier between what’s coming out of your firebox, furnace or stove, and the actual structural components of this passageway. This barrier can be made of fire-clay flue tile, stainless steel, or aluminum, depending on the type of system it’s venting. The inner layer runs through the inside of a chimney and safely contains all of the products of combustion until they exit the home. It must be maintained and kept in good condition or else smoke, heat, and CO will enter the airspace of your chimney and walls causing serious safety concerns, including, but not limited to: carbon monoxide poisoning and fire beyond the designated fire walls.
Three Main Functions of a Chimney Liner
- They protect the home from heat transferring through to combustibles. Inadequately lined chimneys allow gasses and heat to pass through into walls and living spaces which can cause extensive property damage and fires.
- They keep the masonry safe from the corrosive byproducts and humidity of combustion. The gasses are very acidic and high in water vapor content. When the gasses aren’t venting correctly/efficiently, they cool and condense into acidic water which will eat away at the mortar joints from the inside of the chimney out. As the joints disintegrate, heat transfers quickly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gasses, such as carbon monoxide, can leak into various areas of the house.
- Lining your chimney correctly provides the right sized flue for maximum efficiency of appliances. Today’s wood stoves and gas/oil furnaces require a correctly sized flue to function properly. It is the role of the chimney system to provide a safe passage for the products of combustion to escape. An improperly sized flue can lead to substantial creosote buildup in fireplaces/ wood burning stoves, and produce crippling amounts of structural damage due to condensation with natural gas appliances.
How They Protect You & Your Property
Chimney liner repair or replacement can be what stands between you and a whole host of problems. When installed properly, inspected regularly, and kept in good condition, this channel performs several fundamental, efficiency, protective, and even life-saving duties.
- Ventilates Dangerous & Combustible Chemicals Out
- Protects Your Property From Heat & Fire Damage
- Protects The Outer Structure Of The Chimney
- Appliance Efficiency Depends On The Right Size & Type Of Lining
- Protects Natural Gas Appliances From Excess Moisture
- Discourages Creosote Buildup In Fireplaces & Wood Burning Stoves
- Helps You Meet Fire Safety Codes
Let’s Clear The Air
Nobody wants to be breathing in smoke or deadly carbon monoxide fumes. A damaged chimney lining can invite these dangerous and combustible vapors into your attics, walls, and ceilings instead of containing them safely and allowing them to exit the building. This puts you in danger and increases your likelihood of a house fire.
Signs You Have A Flue Liner Problem
Since the lining is on the inside, it can be hard for anyone besides a certified technician to find and correctly diagnose a problem. Drafts, smoke, unpleasant smells, and visible outer structure deterioration can all be signs of needed flue repairs.
The source of most chimney liner damage is the corrosive, acidic vapor leaving your heating appliances. Over time, wear and tear are expected. With twenty years under our belts, we know the best approaches to many of your most common damages.
- Crumbly Or Worn Away Clay Mortar
- Clay Flaking Or Spalling (Falling Off)
- Gaps Between Flue Tiles
- Cracked Flue Tiles
- Joint Corrosion
- Shifting Tiles
- Holes Or Cracks
Regular Maintenance Is Key
Your chimney liner should be inspected once every year with an annual 14 point safety inspection. This service will inform you of damage, cracking, masonry concerns, shifting in flue tiles, joint corrosion, and/or partial or total blockages. Regular chimney inspections and preventative maintenance can save you money on potential larger repairs like chimney relining, structural repairs, and new chimney rebuilds in the long run. Keep your family safe and take action to prevent damage to your chimney and home and call Capital Chimney Corp. today!
When To Replace Your Lining
There are many great reasons for relining or chimney liner replacement. Some older chimneys may have been built without a liner at all while others have deteriorated over time. Installing new appliances like wood stoves, a gas furnace or an oil furnace may also call for repairs, upgrades or relining.
Repair Or Replace Your Chimney Liner Today
At Capital Chimney Corp, we are your reliable choice for chimney liner installation, repair, or replacement in the Chicago area. Don’t hesitate to call us today for an inspection appointment with a certified professional.