Most homes in the UK have a chimney and fireplace that are regularly used throughout the winter months. However, most people would not think to check if their chimney is lined and insulated sufficiently unaware of the potential risk. Here we detail why it is important that you line your chimney, especially if it is in regular use.
Here we detail why it is important that you line your chimney, especially if it is in regular use.
Every time you burn wood, coal or oil the combustion creates smoke that rises, condenses and ticks to the sides of your chimney. This build up is called creosote and can be extremely dangerous if not regularly and properly cleaned.
Installing an insulated flue liner will reduce the amount of creosote that is deposited within the chimney and therefore reduce the risk of a chimney fire starting.
Installing a chimney liner will also provide your chimney with a flat, smooth surface that is difficult for any material to stick to. If anything material does condense onto this surface, it will inevitably slide back down into the stove and be re-combusted.
If your chimney is lined it will also stop any smoke or tar leaking out through the cracks in the mortar. If they do leak out they could not only damage your home but also put your life at risk from breathing in toxic material and potentially carbon monoxide.
If you have a flue liner that is insulated you will be able to increase the temperatures within this space, creating a better draw from the chimney. This will subsequently mean that you can heat your home for longer periods of time and much quicker.
This type of work on your chimney would also count towards home improvement, so if you are looking to sell your property and want to be able to get the best deal for it without doing any intrusive refurbishments, flue lining is an option.