is a chimney lining system?
see this page.
all chimneys have liners?
necessarily. Masonry chimneys built prior
to 1940 did not have liners. If you have
a house with a chimney built prior to that
date, it may not have any liner at all.
But remember, if you have a chimney that
was not constructed with a clay tile liner,
you can remedy that situation by having
a HomeSaver stainless steel liner installed.
It meets all the criteria for chimney safety
spelled out in the National Fire Protection
Agency (NFPA) code 211. HomeSaver is the
answer whether you're original chimney liner
is damaged or whether there never was a
clay liner in you chimney to begin with.
would I ever need to have my original chimney
The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) Standard 211 requires that chimney
liners be replaced if they are cracked,
broken, or missing. Cracked clay liner tiles
and the deterioration of mortar joints between
liner tiles can lead to the leakage of flue
gasses into the interior of the house. Those
flue gasses contain Carbon Monoxide, a deadly,
odorless, colorless gas. Cracks in your
chimney liner can also cause dangerous heat
transfer to combustible material surrounding
your chimney. Both situations can compromise
the health and safety of your family.
involved in getting a chimney liner replaced?
The most economical and popular option
is to replace the original clay liner with
a stainless steel relining pipe. This can
be either a rigid or flexible piece of stainless
steel pipe that is insulated and inserted
into your chimney. Since there may be several
difficult and complex steps to this process,
it should always be done by a qualified
Is it expensive to
reline with stainless steel?
It is actually the least expensive option
- much less than the cost of rebuilding
the whole chimney. The price, depends on
the size of your chimney and how much work
needs to be done to prepare the chimney
before the liner can be installed. If your
chimney is difficult to access, has several
bends or turns, or needs other repair before
the liner can be installed, that can add
to the cost. Please consult a chimney professional
for cost estimates related to your particular
situation. Our web site can help you locate
a chimney professional in your area.
you just replace the original clay tiles?
It's possible, but a stainless steel liner
is more durable than a clay liner and costs
about the same.
I install a stainless steel liner myself?
Not unless you're an experienced chimney
professional. There are too many things
that if not done correctly could cause your
chimney to violate the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) Standard 211 code and
prove to be a safety hazard for your home.
It requires the skill, knowledge and experience
only a seasoned chimney professional can
bring to the job. We're happy to recommend
a HomeSaver installer near you.
HomeSaver stainless steel liners?
All stainless steel liners, just like all
automobiles, are not the same. HomeSaver
is UL Listed, has a lifetime warranty, and
has been installed in thousands chimneys
over the past 20 years. It has a superb
reputation and is solidly backed by us.
Why are we so confident in our stainless
steel relining systems? That's easy. They
are engineered and manufactured by us to
be tough, durable, and reliable for years.
They're engineered to stand up to moisture,
extreme temperatures, corrosive flue gasses,
repeated cleanings, and daily use. It's
our experience spanning over two decades
with HomeSaver chimney relining systems
installed in chimneys like yours all across
North America that gives us confidence to
offer the best Lifetime Warranty in the
business. Remember, there is only one HomeSaver,
be sure to ask for it by name.
can I tell if my chimney has a liner?
You can have it inspected by a chimney
professional; or, if you're able, you can
go up on the roof and check it out yourself.
If you look down into your chimney and see
only bricks and no clay tile, it is not
lined. Some chimney professionals who inspect
your chimney can actually lower a video
camera into the flue and either show you
their findings on a monitor as they are
inspecting your flue, or make a video tape
and play it back for you later. That way
you can see for yourself what the inside
of your chimney looks like without having
to go up on your roof.
can I know if my chimney liner is cracked
That requires a thorough inspection. This
is a case where a chimney professional would
most likely use a video inspection system
of some kind so he could systematically
inspect every tile in your chimney's flue.
Such an inspection will be able to show
any cracks, even small ones, in your chimney
tiles and/or any damage to the mortar between
the clay chimney tiles. Once again, you
could then view the results of that video
should I have a chimney professional inspect
If you are using the chimney to vent a
fireplace, wood, coal or pellet stove or
a gas or oil appliance, the flue should
be inspected and cleaned, if needed, once
a year. You should also have your chimney
inspected if you know, or think, you have
experienced a chimney fire. The sudden rise
in temperatures within the flue associated
with a chimney fire is often the main cause
of tiles cracking. Because of this it is
a good idea to have your chimney inspected
after any chimney fire before you use that
causes chimney fires?
Chimney fires are usually caused by the
accumulation of creosote in the chimney.
Creosote is a natural by-product of burning
wood. It accumulates in the flue over time
and is highly flammable. Creosote is especially
likely to accumulate when wood is not burned
at the proper temperature. Since creosote
is flammable, when it accumulates on the
walls of your flue, hot flue gasses can
ignite it. The result is a chimney fire.
Depending on the condition of your chimney,
such a fire can pose a significant threat
to the rest of your house. Flames from the
fire can find their way through cracks in
your clay chimney liner or mortar and ignite
framing around the chimney. They can also
spill over onto the roof and cause a fire
can I prevent chimney fires?
The best bet is to have a qualified chimney
professional inspect your chimney annually.
He or she will be able to detect the accumulation
of creosote in your flue and remove it.
Burning your fireplace or woodstove at proper
temperatures will also help prevent the
accumulation of creosote. Burning at lower
temperatures, such as when you restrict
your damper opening at night in order to
make the fire last longer, allows creosote
to form inside the flue of your chimney.