Chimney Liner FAQs

How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

I heat with gas. Should this chimney be checked too?

CHIMNEY RELINING
What is a chimney relining system?

Do all chimneys have liners?

What’s involved in getting a chimney liner replaced?

Is it expensive to reline with stainless steel?

Can I install a stainless steel liner myself?

Q. How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

Even if you don’t use your chimney much, animals may make the flue their home or there may be other types of deterioration that may make the chimney unsafe. You should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year.  Keep animals out.

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Q. I heat with gas. Should this chimney be checked too?

Deteriorating flue from a furnace.

 

Yes. Although gas is generally a clean burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces can also cause many problems with the average flues intended to vent the older generation of furnaces. Modern high efficiency furnaces produces flue gases that are cooler in temperature and can form condensation on the inside of the chimney. This condensation is highly acidic and will corrode your chimney.

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Q. What is a chimney relining system?

Most masonry chimneys are made with clay tiles that line the inside of the chimney. Over time these tiles break down and crack due to several contributing factors, as seen in the above picture.  When this happens the chimney is no longer safe and needs a new liner. A chimney liner is nothing more than a metal insert placed in the existing chimney. There are different types of metal liners, including flexible and rigid stainless steel. Depending on the design of your chimney a flexible chimney liner may be your only option. If you have a short and straight ascending chimney you may opt for a rigid chimney liner, the industry’s best liner.

The most effective and economical way to reline your chimney is with a stainless steel chimney relining pipe.

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Harmful gases can easily leak through motor joints and into your home.

Q. Do all chimneys have liners?

No. Not all chimneys have liners, but they should. Chimneys built before 1940 most likely weren’t built with liners. As in the example to the right, harmful gases can easily leak thru the mortar joints into your home.  If you have a chimney without a clay liner it is not safe but you can make it safe by installing a Flex King stainless steel chimney liner.

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Q. What’s involved in getting a chimney liner replaced?

The most cost effective way to replace your chimney liner is to have a stainless steel relining pipe installed. Depending on the type of chimney you have you may need either a rigid or flexible pipe. The job can be done by anyone handy. If you do run into trouble, you can call the Chimney Liner Depot for help.

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Q. Is it expensive to reline with stainless steel?

It is actually much cheaper than the cost of rebuilding the chimney. Different factors contribute to the cost of the job. It also depends on the complexity of the job. There are different stainless liners available, some more expensive than others. More expensive doesn’t always mean better. If you do it yourself you will save thousands of dollars.

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Q. Can I install a stainless steel chimney liner myself?

There are many online chimney liner stores who will tell you that installing a chimney liner is easy. They tell you that anyone with common sense can do it. They are right. For some people it’s a good way to save money. For others it may not be a good idea. So you
should do your research and see if its a job you can handle. It’s never a bad idea to hire a professional, but it’s not a bad idea to do things yourself if you are capable.

If you choose to do the job yourself, chimneylinerdepot.com can help. Click here to install a chimney liner yourself.