Relining your chimney is primarily a duty of new homeowners that are looking to preserve the safety of their home, avoid house fires, and chimney collapse. Long-term damage can set into chimneys when left uncontested, and flaking chimney tiles are a telltale sign that at least a portion of the interior liner needs to be replaced. These flakes left in the fireplace can expose many other issues within the fireplace as well, which is why it’s important to take note of major deterioration signs prior to your annual chimney inspection.
What does a chimney liner do?
A chimney liner is put in place to keep heat transfer safe when using the fireplace, and diffuse gases like carbon monoxide that build up and create safety issues. Luckily for new homeowners, a chimney liner can be replaced on a far more limited basis following annual chimney inspections, and only needs a full replacement every 15-20 years.
Major Chimney damage found in relining inspections
Cracks, loose bricks, holes, and drafting/heating issues present as more easily identifiable issues that need to be addressed quickly. These are most often identified at the crown of the chimney, which is why having an annual inspection again is so important to maintaining long-term safety when using a home fireplace.
Minor chimney damage leading to major long term issues
White stains up and down the outside of the chimney are other signs of deterioration that are more often ignored than some of the major issues with moisture residue being left unattended to. This can compromise the structural integrity of the chimney, and weigh as a risk to the rest of the home’s foundation. Schedule your inspection today.