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Replacement Chimney Liners
Written by Elizabeth Wood
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 chimney liner.

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