Lining something gives it added strength. Whether you’re talking about clothing, curtains, or chimneys, the lining is there for a purpose; to protect and add strength to the outer layer. For your chimney, this is especially important because there are things that can have a negative effect on the materials that make up your chimney, and this can cause structural damage to occur. Structural damage can cause health issues for you and your family, can lead to dangerous chimney fires, and can mean major repair bills.
Causing Chimney Damage
Your chimney can sustain damage in different ways. Major environmental catastrophes, such as earthquakes, are an obvious cause, yet this is unlikely in many parts of the country. Other major weather disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or other major storm systems are more likely to occur, and can cause structural damage to chimneys. Even day to day weathering can cause damage to your chimney. But damage can also occur on the interior of your chimney. Smoke from a fire contains corrosive elements that can eat away at the mortar on the interior of your chimney, causing a weakening of the structure.
Burning a fire in your fireplace can have a damaging effect on your chimney, and also to the walls that surround your chimney. The interior of your chimney understandably gets extremely hot when you burn a fire, and that heat can be transferred through your chimney and back to the interior walls of your home. If this gets hot enough, a dangerous house fire can occur.
A chimney liner is the best line of defense against a house fire caused by heat transfer, and also against the corrosive effects of smoke on your chimney. Early on, many chimneys were built without liners, but today, most parts of the country have enacted codes that require that a chimney be lined. If your chimney liner is cracked or damaged or if you don’t have a chimney liner, you will want to have a new liner installed. Are you unsure about the status of your chimney liner? There’s an easy solution: give Owens Chimney Systems a call and we’ll send out our trained professionals to inspect your chimney liner and make sure it’s working the way it needs to be! If there are problems, we have the answers on how to fix your liner issues.
At Owens Chimney Systems, we have several solutions to chimney relining. HeatShield is an affordable way to fix up your clay chimney liner. If you’re looking to add structure and durability to your existing liner, we can use Golden Flue to reinforce your chimney. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, we recommend installing a stainless steel reliner. No matter what you decide to do, the place to call is Owens Chimney Systems. We offer a wide range of chimney relining options, and have the know-how to do the job right! Call today at 704-554-9595 and we’ll have your chimney relined before the cool days of fall.