Your chimney may not be in as good of a condition as you think. Hopefully, your chimney is lined with a flue liner, a liner most likely made of steel or clay tiles, that protects the masonry from damage. It stops a potential chimney fire from spreading to the outside of the home, but that doesn’t make it infallible.
When a chimney liner is filled with flammable materials, or when the chimney liner is compromised structurally, it puts your home at risk. Schedule your annual chimney cleaning and inspection with a technician who uses SmartScan technology to check out the chimney liner.
What Can Go Wrong in the Chimney Liner
A chimney liner does a lot of good for your chimney and for your home. It keeps fire from spreading to the house, and it provides correct sizing for stoves and appliances that require an accurately-sized flue for venting. However, that doesn’t make your chimney liner perfect.
Problems within your chimney liner can cause smoke to back up into your home or it can increase your risk for a chimney fire.
A buildup of creosote, a tarlike substance that forms during the combustion process, can create a major fire hazard. Creosote is highly flammable, which is an even bigger problem if there are cracks in the chimney liner that allow a fire to spread. Schedule regular chimney inspections so you know what’s going on in your chimney.
How SmartScan Technology Helps Our Chimney Sweeps
SmartScan is a technology that allows us to get an inside look at the chimney like never before. It uses an application on a technicians smart phone and special camera equipment to give them a live view of what’s going on inside of the chimney flue liner, and a qualified technician will be able to determine whether there is an issue that needs to be addressed.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. uses SmartScan technology to inspect chimney flue liners in St. Paul, MN. Call us today!