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What is a Chimney Lining System?
Most masonry chimneys are constructed with an inner liner of clay tiles. The purpose of this liner is to keep the heat of flue gases inside the chimney so the chimney can’t overheat the nearby combustible material, such as the framing and walls of your house, and possibly cause a fire. The liner also keeps carbon monoxide, moisture, smoke, creosote, and other products of combustion from seeping through the bricks and mortar of your chimney and leaking into your home. As you can see, a secure lining system is crucial to the safety and well being of your home and family.
When Would I Need a Chimney Lining?
You need liner when the original clay tile liner was either never installed, or when the tile lining cracks, crumbles and deteriorates over time. Water damage, chimney fires, or just age can cause the deterioration of your clay liner. When that happens the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) code 211 says it must be replaced.
How Will a Liner Help My Chimney?
Fitting a chimney with a properly sized liner is the best line of defense against future problems. This ensures good draft by preventing flue gases from expanding and cooling. The warm, buoyant flue gases exit the chimney faster and have less time to leak into a home or condense on chimney walls. By properly sizing and then insulating the chimney, the amount of water vapor condensation can and be reduced. Keeping water inside the liner inhibits further damage to masonry walls from freeze and thaw cycles and corrosion.
Maximum Chimney Services’ stainless steel chimney liners are specifically designed to solve problems which may occur in gas, oil or solid fuel chimneys.