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Chimney flue liners can crack over time with small chimney fires or poor building techniques leading to serious problems with the draw in the fireplace. Damaged flue liners can also be a major hazard for fires and poisonous gases that can leave the chimney and enter in the floors, attic or through walls. If you have damaged flue liners you need to put this as a priority and get your chimney relined immediately.
Chimney Flue Liners & Relining
Clay flue liners are now standard in all chimney stacks. There can be a range anywhere from 10 to 30 clay liners in bungalows and two storey dwellings. It is now best practice to make a chimney as straight as possible for the best draw. To replace clay flue liners, the breast of the chimney has to be opened, and along with the filing the damaged pots have to be removed and replaced. When the job is complete the openings then have to be sealed and the walls have to be plastered and the insulated filling as to be poured back in from the top.
Not insulating the chimney and pots correctly will lead to cold spots in the chimney which will cause premature blocking of creosote (soot).
Flexible Flue Liners & Relining
Flexible flue liners made from stainless steel or now widely popular, and are most common with stoves and solid fuel appliances. Although not law in Ireland yet, we will only install appliances such as stoves with a flexible flue liners, as the stoves are now up to 80% efficient the chimneys are now only running at 20%.
Because of building regulations and the natural physics in which a chimney functions, you cannot decrease your chimney to a radius lower than 200mm or 8 inches for an open fire. While this option to use a flexible flue liner is a cheaper and cleaner solution, it can only be carried out where the existing pots are at least 250mm or 10 inches wide to allow the liner to fit into place.
Damaged Chimney Flue Liners
- Chimney Fires can exit the chimney causing a house fire.
- Carbon Monoxide poisoning has now been brought to attention of every household through the media. Carbon Monoxide can lodge in your chimney behind, under or in an obstruction, and being a heavier gas can actually come back down into your premises hours after the fire has gone out.
- Opening or cracks in your chimney can allow gases such as carbon monoxide to enter through upper walls and into bedrooms too.
- Please ensure your premises has both carbon monoxide and fire alarms installed in the upper and lower levels of your house.
- If you have any concerns about the structure of your chimney, never take a chance and get it inspected now before use, contact us today to book your free call out.