Unless you’re a professional chimney sweep, it can be tough to tell if your chimney is in trouble. Chimneys don’t exactly make noise or show many other outward signs that they need repair. However, there are some ways to determine if you should replace your older chimney liner with a new one. Here is how you can tell that your chimney need relining services from a professional chimney technician.
- New heating system: A new wood stove or a fireplace insert may call for different ventilation requirements, which may make a new chimney liner necessary. Make sure you have a professional install your new wood stove or fireplace insert, and they should recommend a new chimney liner if it is necessary.
- Problems with the old liner: Any indication that there is an issue with the old chimney flue liner makes liner replacement a good choice. If creosote forms easily in the existing liner, for example, if there are any holes or cracks, or if there is too much condensation in the flue, you might consider an upgrade.
- Outdated chimney lining: You might also decide to upgrade your chimney liner because you have concerns about your old one. Clay tile liners are known to fail if there are cracks anywhere in them. A chimney fire can easily spread through such cracks, so many people prefer to upgrade to steel liners because they are so reliable.
- Professional sweeping service: A professional chimney sweep will be able to tell whether your chimney liner needs replacement. Schedule regular chimney cleaning to make sure that your chimney is safe to operate and to reduce the chances of sudden fire. A standard visit includes a chimney cleaning and a thorough examination of your fireplace and chimney.
At 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., we can help you to upgrade you chimney liner in the Minneapolis, MN area. Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS