We Are Knoxville’s Chimney Liner Specialists!
Chimneys are amazing in that they allow us the luxury of having a fire inside of our home. But in order to enjoy our chimneys without unnecessary risk, it’s imperative that the lining of the flue be in excellent condition. Is your chimney liner correctly sized and in great shape?
The Dangers Of A Damaged Or Incorrectly Sized Flue Liner
Each year, thousands of modern heating appliances are vented into damaged or outdated masonry chimneys, resulting in poor draft, disintegration of the chimney, and fire hazards. Why is the liner so important and why should a damaged liner be addressed right away?
- Furnaces, fireplaces, and stoves require a liner in order to properly vent gases and byproducts. When properly lined, the chimney contains toxic gas and smoke and carries both out of the home. If, however, holes or cracks form in the metal or clay tile liner, these toxic gases and other byproducts of combustion can leak into nearby areas of the home. Additionally, floating embers and hot ash can access combustibles within the walls and framing around the chimney, causing a house fire.
- Liners are imperative because they provide a correctly-sized flue and ensure optimum efficiency and safety for venting heating appliances. If the flue is not the right size for the appliance it’s venting, or if holes, thick buildup, or other damage has occurred within the liner, your fireplace or stove simply won’t be as efficient and you’ll experience problems with performance and draft. Venting modern appliances through an incorrectly-sized masonry chimney also encourages creosote buildup (the most common cause of chimney fires) and the production of carbon monoxide (a potentially deadly gas). Without a proper flue liner, a chimney can quickly go from functional and efficient to downright dangerous.
- Liners also serve to protect the masonry of the chimney from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. Over time, flue gases and water vapor break down mortar joints from inside of the chimney where it is impossible to see without special equipment. When mortar joints have eroded or are missing, heat can transfer to nearby combustibles and carbon monoxide can leak into living spaces.
How Is A Damaged Liner Restored?
Now that you know just what the liner does and why it’s so important, it’s time to consider what can be done if the liner is damaged or improperly sized. If you have a clay tile liner, replacing tiles and making repairs can be time-consuming, difficult, and costly. But there is a better way!
Here at TN Fireplace and Chimney, we rely on the strongest and most durable chimney relining option: HomeSaver and M-Flex stainless steel liners. Both known for their solid construction and their durability, these liners have been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness and are designed to last, year after year.
- HomeSaver stainless steel liners are safe for all fuel types. These liners have passed the “crush test” and can withstand the weight of an adult male, without crushing. The same can’t be said for other liners! HomeSaver liners also carry a lifetime warranty that even transfers to the new homeowner, should the home sell. That kind of guarantee is unheard of.
- M-Flex stainless steel liners are known as the original “flex” liner and are safe for use with all fuel types as well, including wood, coal, oil, corn, and gas. Like HomeSaver liners, M-Flex liners carry a lifetime warranty that transfers should the home sell. These liners are flexible and can be used in oddly shaped chimneys or chimneys with turns.
These liner sleeves are simply slipped down into your existing chimney, replacing any prior metal liner or sitting just inside your clay tile liner. Once the liner has been professionally installed, you can expect a lifetime of service from it.
We Offer A Long-Lasting Solution To Liner Trouble
If your chimney needs to be relined, let us help. We’re the only certified sweeps in Knoxville, we install only the most durable and reliable stainless steel liners on the market, and we’re the absolute best at relining. When you have the certified professionals at TN Fireplace and Chimney reline your chimney with a high-quality stainless steel liner, you can rest assured your liner will last as long as you do!