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Options for Relining Your Chimney

One of the most essential parts of your chimney and venting system, a chimney liner protects your house from heat transfers to combustibles, protects the masonry work of your chimney from the corrosive byproducts of combustion, and provide a correctly sized flue for your heating appliance. Over time, your liner begins to deteriorate and crack, which can cause a couple of hazards. Toxic gases like carbon monoxide can leak through the cracks into your home, and your home is at a higher risk for a devastating chimney fire due to the lack of protection from the high heat that passes through your chimney. If your chimney liner is damaged in any way, it is time to reline your chimney, and Magic Sweep has a couple of options for relining your chimney. We would like to tell you more about our two options to help you decide which one is best for you.

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Stainless Steel Liners

The only chimney liner with a lifetime guarantee, a stainless steel liner will never have to be replaced. Since stainless steel is resistant to rusting and corrosion, you will not have to worry about cracking and other deterioration. The liner is sealed from the top to the bottom, which means smoke, gases, and vapors exit your chimney without ever touching the masonry work of your chimney. Another plus of stainless steel liners is they can be insulated. An insulated liner further protects you from creosote accumulations because the combustion byproducts are kept hot throughout the chimney. Additionally, when you are not using your fireplace, the insulated liner will keep cold downdrafts from entering your home through the chimney. Easier to clean and to install than other liners, a stainless steel liner will improve the energy efficiency of your heating appliance by reducing cold downdrafts and by improving your chimney’s draft as hotter gases draw better than colder ones. A good draft contributes to higher fuel efficiency because the combustion process is more complete. If you need to completely replace your liner or if you are building a new home and need a chimney liner, Magic Sweep highly recommends installing a stainless steel liner.

Cast In Place

If you have a clay chimney liner that needs restoring, you have the cast in place option, a technique that pours and casts a lightweight cement-like product into your chimney and is directly applied and formed to restore your clay liner. At Magic Sweep, we use the Supaflu Chimney Systems cast in place liner method because of its high quality and limited lifetime guarantee. Benefits of this type of liner include improved stability of its structure, easy maintenance, suitability to every fuel type, improved efficiency, and added safety. If this type of liner interests you, Magic Sweep will first do a Level 2 inspection of your chimney to assess the liner damage to see if we can do a cast in place restoration or if you will need to replace the entire liner.

Want to know more about our two chimney liner options? Contact Magic Sweep to ask our expert staff any questions you may have.

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