We know you love the coziness of using your fireplace. Have you ever wondered what exactly keeps you safe while using it, though? Your chimney has a liner whose sole job is to get obnoxious smoke and gases out of your home. Seeing that this liner is pretty important, it makes sense that it is also important to maintain it and keep it in tip top shape.
Now, it’s safe to assume that when your chimney was built, it was built to a certain code. …but is that code still meeting today’s standards and regulations? What about your chimney liner? Are you sure your chimney even has a liner?
Let us take a look. Book your chimney inspection with us online today or give us a call at 908-864-4114 to get started. We can’t wait to hear from you.
What Is a Chimney Liner?
Chimney liners are part of your chimney system. They help keep you and your home safe from things like chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
How exactly does this seemingly simple liner really keep you safe? Well, for starters, it acts as a protective barrier that lines the interior of your chimney structure – think of it like a major antacid for your chimney. It keeps your chimney safe from the corrosive effects of flue gases, creosote, and soot, and it gets that pesky smoke out of our chimney and living space.
Chimney liners also play a crucial role in maintaining the safety of your home. Like we said, without a chimney liner, the walls of your chimney can become damaged by high heat and corrosive gases. This can lead to cracks and holes in the chimney, which then allow smoke and harmful fumes (like carbon monoxide) to escape into your home. Additionally, a damaged chimney can increase the risk of experiencing a structural fire.
Chimney Liner Coding Requirements
So, chimney liners are clearly important, but are they required?
It is a safe bet that, no matter where you live, you can count on there being codes tied to your chimney. When it comes to chimney code regulations, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Residential Codes (IRC) set codes and standards for chimney liners.
And yes – chimney liners in today’s day and age are required!
Chimney liner codes can vary based on the type of fuel being used, the size of the venting appliance, and many other factors. So, you can spend hours scouring the internet trying to figure it all out… or you can give us a call at Highpoint Chimney Services and we can help you with it all.
What Types of Chimney Liners Are There?
Variety is the spice of life, right? Well, the same is true for chimney liners choices. The three types include:
- Clay tile liners
- Metal liners
- Cast-in-place liners
Clay tile liners are your typical go-to when it comes to masonry chimneys. Metal liners are typically used in prefabricated chimneys, while cast-in-place liners are a newer technology that involves pouring a special concrete mixture into the chimney to create a new liner.
Chimney Liner Maintenance & Repair
Ok, so know you need a chimney liner. But you also have to keep it maintained. Just like you wouldn’t expect your car to run forever without ever getting a tune up, the same is true for your chimney and flue liner. Proper maintenance and repair are essential if you want to keep that bad boy working the right way.
Some maintenance and repair tips include:
- Schedule regular chimney cleaning: Trust the professionals at Highpoint for your regular cleanings at least once a year to prevent buildup of creosote, soot, and other debris.
- Schedule annual inspections: Annual inspections can help identify any damage or issues with the chimney liner before they become serious problems.
- Book professional repairs: Any damage to the chimney liner should be repaired promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the safety of your home.
Need Chimney Repair or Relining Services? Call On Us
One thing is clear – your chimney liner is not something to shrug off. Bottom line is that all chimneys are governed by codes, they are super important, and you have to keep them up. Give the professional and friendly staff at Highpoint Chimney Services a call at 908-864-4114, or you can schedule an appointment online to learn more about how we can keep your fireplace and chimney running safely and efficiently.
Thanks for trusting us!