Improve the Safety and Performance of Your Suffolk County Chimney with a New Liner Installation from Chimney King
Since 1982, Chimney King has been a leading provider of premium-quality chimney maintenance and repair services in Coram, NY. Fully licensed and insured, our company employs only the most experienced and extensively trained technicians, who are also local firefighters. Having seen the devastation that unmaintained chimneys can cause, we are fully committed to ensuring the safety of each and every client we serve by delivering a full range of chimney care services.
Chimneys are made up of several different elements, and while each one serves an important function, the liner is one of the most important. It plays one of the most crucial roles in fireplace safety. If your liner is damaged or you have an older, unlined chimney, look no further than Chimney King, where new liner installations are our specialty!
What is a Chimney Liner?
A chimney liner (also known as a flue), as the name describes, lines the inside of a chimney. Liners can be made of ceramic, clay, or metal, but no matter what they’re constructed of, they serve a very crucial purpose: they contain the damaging by-products of combustion – heat, ash, soot, and gases – and prevents them from making contact with the exterior walls of a chimney. Liners also help to guide these by-products up and out of your chimney so that they can properly escape your home.
The Importance of Chimney Liner
A chimney liner provides several important functions for your chimney and your home, including the following:
- Prevents damage. Masonry materials, including brick, stone, and mortar, are generally strong, but they’re very porous. When you light a fire, a number of by-products are created, including heat, soot, and gases. These elements are highly corrosive, and over time, they can erode masonry materials. When the masonry materials are damaged, a number of serious problems can arise. A chimney liner adds a layer of protection to your chimney, as it prevents the by-products of combustion from interacting with the masonry.
- Reduces the risk of fire. Because a flue contains the by-products of combustion, including heat and embers, it reduces the risk of chimney fires. Without a flue, the porous masonry materials will eventually erode and heat and embers from a fire can transfer to nearby flammable materials, such as wood, sheetrock, and insulation in the walls that surround your chimney and fireplace.
- Maintains structural integrity. If the by-products of combustion are exposed to masonry materials and those materials corrode, the structural integrity of your chimney could be seriously compromised. As the mortar joints and brickwork begin to crack and crumble, the weight of the chimney is unevenly distributed, and the entire structure could topple down.
- Prevents excessive creosote buildup. Chimney liners also help to improve the efficiency of your wood-burning fires. A chimney not only allows heat, gases, and smoke to vacate your home, but it also allows outdoor air to pass down to the fire. In order to burn efficiently, wood fires need proper ventilation; a flue helps to ensure your fires are receiving the ventilation that they need to thrive. The more efficiently your fires burn, the less creosote – a highly compostable combustion by-product – will accumulate inside your chimney.
Given the several important functions that a flue liner serves, it’s easy to see why this feature is such an integral part of your chimney.
Reasons to Install a New Chimney Liner
There are several reasons why your chimney may need a new liner installed. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Damage to the existing liner. Excessive exposure to high heat, gases, and smoke can damage an existing chimney liner, especially if it’s made out of clay. If the liner is damaged, there’s an increased risk of fire, as heat and embers can escape through the cracks in the liner and pass into the surrounding walls. Additionally, toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, can seep into your house, putting your health in serious danger. To avoid costly damages and potentially life-threatening situations, having your existing liner replaced with a newer, more durable flue is the optimal solution.
- Your chimney isn’t lined. Believe it or not, depending on when your chimney was built, it may not have a liner. It goes without saying, but an unlined chimney is a dangerous chimney. To avoid the risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and the collapse of the structure, you should completely avoid operating your chimney until it is properly lined.
- There’s a moisture problem. Moisture and chimneys don’t mix. Among other things, moisture can deteriorate a chimney liner, which can cause a host of problems, including an increased risk of fire and exposure to toxic fumes.
- Your fireplace has been converted. If your fireplace has been converted to burn a different fuel source (it was once a wood-burning fireplace and now it burns gas or vice versa), you need to have a new chimney liner installed. Different fuel sources require different types of venting, and a new liner will ensure that those venting requirements are met to ensure safe operation of your fireplace.
Contact Chimney King for All your Chimney Liner Installation Needs!
At Chimney King, we handle all types of chimney care services, and liner installations are our specialty. Since 1982, we have been the first company Suffolk County homeowners contact when they’re in need of any type of chimney maintenance or repair; including new liner installations.
To request a free quote, to learn more about our liner installation services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today! Dial 516-766-1666 and one of our knowledgeable associates will be happy to assist you. At Chimney King, the safety of our clients is our top priority. We look forward to making your fireplace and chimney safer and more enjoyable with a new fireplace liner installation.