Posted on: 23 April 2019Share
A fireplace can be an enjoyable accent for warmth and appeal. However, proper maintenance is essential if you want your fireplace to work in the most efficient and safest manner possible.
Constructed out of aluminum, clay tile, cement, or even stainless steel, the chimney liner will wear out at some point in time. Without replacing it, the liner will prevent your fireplace from working properly. This guide will help you understand the benefits of replacing your chimney liner.
Creosote is one of the biggest problems homeowners have with their fireplaces, but most people do not even know what it is. When burning your wood, ash and smoke move up the chimney and out of the flue. During this process, air will move through the chimney and flue, and this can prevent leftover residue, such as the excess wood that has not burned off completely, from leaving the chimney top.
This leftover residue is known as creosote. In the early stages of the creosote buildup, the residue will be a flaky-like powder, which can be brushed away. Of course, most homeowners do not clean out the creosote as recommended, causing it to harden into a tar-like consistency over time.
A proper chimney liner protects the interior of the chimney from the creosote buildup, improving ventilation while reducing the risk of the excess smoke that can affect your health and your home.
A chimney liner is also necessary for improving the efficiency of your fireplace. When the fireplace is not burning wood or gas logs, the liner acts as a layer of insulation, reducing the amount of air circulating from the top of your chimney into your home.
By adding this layer of insulation, you are protecting the interior of your house from cold drafts, which can cause you to run your heating system longer in an attempt to warm up your home.
Increases Fire Protection
Fires are also a problem many homeowners face because of issues affecting their fireplaces. If your chimney is not properly lined or the liner has worn out and needs to be replaced, you will most likely experience a heavier buildup of creosote that will decrease ventilation through the chimney.
Not only will the creosote flame up, increasing the risk of a fire, but the insufficient ventilation will cause the sparks/fire from moving out of the fireplace into your home's interior. This risk of a fire is more common than most homeowners believe.
Talk with a chimney repair and restoration company like Sposato Masonry about chimney liners.