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Replacement Chimney Liners
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Similar to most things in life, chimneys begin to deteriorate with
age. Most chimneys contain a liner that is used to keep carbon
monoxide, moisture, smoke, creosote, and other products of
combustion from seeping through the bricks and mortar of your
chimney. A secure lining system is essential to the safety and well
being of your home and family.
Regular cleaning is extremely necessary as a protection against
carbon monoxide poisoning, but also for the removal of creosote.
Creosote is a hard tar-like substance that accumulates in chimneys
and can ignite and cause a chimney fire if not maintained. The
amount of creosote that accumulates depends on the design of the
fireplace, the types of fires you make, and the chimney.
If you start to notice your chimney liner is cracking, crumbling and
becoming heavily deteriorated, you may want to consider replacement.
Of course, you could always rebuild the entire chimney liner, but
that is the most expensive option. A more economical, cost effective
and popular approach is to invest in a chimney re-liner system. It's
what you need when the original clay tile liner was either never
installed, or when the tile lining wears away.
Typically, replacement chimney liners are made with a stainless
steal relining pipe. This steal pipe is then inserted into the homes
chimney. However, it is not a job that we recommend taking on by
yourself. Installing a liner requires the skill, knowledge, and
experience only a chimney professional can handle. We strongly
advise hiring a qualified professional to insert your replacement