Is My Flue Liner Damaged?

Posted: January 29, 2018

Roof chimney

You probably don’t think a whole lot about your chimney liner, but having one that works correctly is a critical health and safety issue in your Pennsylvania home.

The problem is that your chimney liner (if your chimney even has one – many pre-1940s homes don’t) is exposed to some pretty harsh operating conditions, including high temperatures, rapid and extreme temperature changes, and corrosive compounds released by combustion. Over time, your chimney liner will corrode, creating fire and carbon monoxide poisoning risks in your home.

Challenges with detecting and repairing flue liner damage

Unfortunately, there are typically no obvious visual signs of chimney liner damage – at least none that can be seen without the right equipment. A professional chimney inspection using a specialized chimney camera is about the only reliable way to reliably detect a chimney liner problem.

Repairing your chimney liner is also a challenging proposition: it’s often impossible – at least in a cost-effective way – to replace the tiles that make up most the liners of most masonry chimneys.

When it’s Time for Flue Liner Replacement

When repairing a damaged flue liner isn’t possible, you will need to replace it – and the most cost-effective way to do that is to use a stainless steel liner. Compared to tile liners, stainless steel liners are:

Installing a stainless steel flue liner also enables you to put Insulation between the liner and chimney walls, which improves efficiency.

Keep your family safe! Contact us today to schedule a chimney inspection or flue liner replacement for your home.