Does Your Chimney Need Relining?
We take great care when feeding the video camera through the chimney liner and flue, while conducting an inspection. The liner and flue are two very important parts to the proper functionality of the entire chimney system. Smoke, carbon monoxide, and creosote have been known to escape through these cracks and become wedged between the liner and the chimney walls, which can be dangerous if left unrepaired.
Your chimney should have a non-combustible liner that forces all of the smoke, gases, and other matter up your chimney to the outside. Depending on the age of your home, you may have a chimney liner made of many different materials, which means there are many different fixes.
There are times when breaks in the liner can cause combustible materials to seep into other parts of your home including the attic, walls, ceilings, and even through air vents into other rooms. This alone can produce potential life-threatening conditions you should be aware of.
Your Chimney May Need Relining If...
The best way to know if you need a new chimney liner is by having a qualified chimney sweep do a video inspection to see the condition of the liner. All American Chimney Service offers this as a complimentary service with any of your chimney inspections because we know this is where most safety problems are hidden.
You may need a new liner if smoke is no longer going up the chimney and is backing up in your home. Odors coming from your chimney can indicate creosote build-up along with soot, which can mean there are problems with gaps in the liner. A draft can also be an indication of chimney liner issues. However, you will not be able to know how badly it is damaged until a video scan is performed.
Having your chimney cleaned and inspected with a video scan on an annual basis is the best way to determine the condition of the liner. Holes brought on by water, rust in metal liners, tiles that are no longer lined up correctly or are naturally deteriorating on a clay tile liner, as well as chips and gaps from normal wear and tear, can only be determined when they are seen.
If left undone, you could have structural issues leading to expensive restoration and repairs including other portions of the system that end up being damaged by falling clay tiles.
Missing Chimney Liners & Chimney Liner Incompatibility
Outside of damage, there are only two reasons you should have to change the liner in your chimney system. The first, incompatibility, which can occur when you change from one type of heating system to another. Second, if you own a home that doesn’t have a liner in place. Common in historic homes, you are required to bring the fireplace and chimney up to codes and standards. That means installing a chimney liner which will add life to the system and be much safer for you and your family.
The #1 Reason for Chimney Fires
Faulty chimney liners are the number one reason for chimney fires. That’s why All American Chimney Service, LLC is dedicated to making sure this part of your chimney is inspected. We put our service where our heart is by offering a complimentary video scan.