Your chimney flue is a vital part of the chimney venting system and it’s not something you want damaged. But over time, heat, corrosive creosote, and other acidic byproducts (as well as moisture from chimney leaks) can eat holes into liners or leave the surface rough and cracked.
What’s the harm? Well, the chimney liner is the part of the system that takes all the smoke, carbon monoxide, and other byproducts of combustion and moves them up through the chimney so they can exit the home. It’s also responsible for lining your chimney to provide a barrier that prevents damage to the masonry of the chimney and prevents heat transfer to nearby walls and framing. But damage — like holes, cracks, and a rough surface — interferes with the flue liner’s ability to effectively do that.
If you’re concerned about liner damage, the best thing to do is to schedule an annual inspection with an experienced chimney professional. Through an inspection, we’ll be able to effectively evaluate the condition of your liner and let you know whether repairs need to be made. If we find damage, we have two different options for restoration: HeatShield®and stainless steel. So what do you need to know about each?
HeatShield® Cerfractory Foam — HeatShield® is a chimney repair and resurfacing system that is applied to the damaged areas and is used to fill cracks and holes, seal gaps, and provide a smooth, smoke-tight, insulated, and damage-resistant surface. If you have a clay tile or terra cotta chimney liner that’s still structurally sound, this can be a great alternative to relining.
Stainless Steel — Stainless steel flex liners are available in a wide range of sizes, and can be used to line chimneys that lack liners, chimneys with severely damaged clay tile liners, and flues that need to be resized. Because stainless steel liners are approved for use with all fuels and Forever Flex liners carry a Forever Warranty, homeowners enjoy the knowledge that this is an investment that will truly stand the test of time.
Is it time to have your chimney flue inspected or relined by a professional? Give Sootmaster a call at 1-800-724-5021 and let our up-front and prompt experts get the job done. We guarantee quality, no-mess work, and we stand behind our relining and flue liner repair work, each and every time. Call or request an appointment through our website today — we’re here to help you get the most out of your chimney system!