As you are enjoying the warmer weather here in the Charleston area, your chimney liner might be one of the last things on your mind. However, the spring and summer seasons can be the best time to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. Not only will you have an easier time during our off-season with scheduling your appointment when it is most convenient for your family, but you will also have plenty of time to have any necessary repairs completed before you are ready to light the first fire in the fall. Over our years of providing top-quality professional chimney maintenance and repair services, Ashbusters has often found cracks, gaps, and other types of damage to chimney liners. We would like to tell you more about the importance of chimney liners and how we can fix any type of liner damage to get your chimney working safely and efficiently again.
Why are chimney liners so important?
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), chimney liners are a necessary component because of three important functions they serve. First, you need to have a good quality chimney liner to protect the combustible parts of your home from the extremely high temperatures that are produced each time you light a fire in your fireplace. In tests conducted by the National Bureau of Standards, it was found that without a liner in place, the wooden parts that surround the chimney caught fire in less than four hours. Another important function of chimney liners is to protect the bricks and mortar joints from corrosive combustion gases. Without a liner, these masonry materials can suffer from spalling and other types of corrosion damage. Finally, a chimney liner is needed to provide a correctly sized flue for your fireplace appliance. When a flue is too large for the appliance, draft issues and other types of problems can occur.
What types of chimney relining services does Ashbusters provide?
If you have a masonry chimney, you most likely have a clay tile liner that was built at the same time as the chimney. Although this type of liner is durable enough to last a lifetime, it can suffer from erosion damage. When the clay tiles become cracked and chipped, Ashbusters uses HeatShield to repair and restore the integrity of the liner. Our chimney technicians have been trained and certified to use this revolutionary product so you can trust us to make the proper repairs to your clay tile chimney liner. We also provide professional chimney relining services with stainless steel chimney liners. Often when we install new fireplace inserts, we also install this type of liner to create a customized flue that matches the size of the insert so that it will work safely and efficiently.
The spring is the best time to have your chimney relined. Contact us at Ashbusters today to schedule an appointment for a professional chimney inspection.