Chimney liners are crucial to the function and safety of your home. The 2004 Residential Fire Loss Estimates released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in July 2007 states that on average there are 25,700 fireplace, chimney, or chimney connector residential fires annually resulting in 30 deaths with over $137 million dollars in property loss. There were also 162 additional deaths attributed to non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning. Faulty chimney liners, as well as chimney liners that are too dirty to clean are huge fire hazards. Do not be a part of the above statistics.
It happened thousands of times last year - chimney defects resulted in home fires.
It doesn't take a lot to start a fire in the home, a spark flying through a crack in the chimney wall into the attic, a chimney ember igniting a creosote fire which then climbs the full height of the chimney "looking" for a breech in the chimney wall, or simply excessive heat reflected through chimney walls when a clay liner is missing or damaged.
A poorly maintained chimney can be a fire waiting to happen. Hidden by the brick exterior, most chimneys contain a clay or terracotta liner that makes up the innermost foundation of the chimney and helps contain smoke, carbon monoxide, and burning embers produced by the fireplace or furnace. Some chimneys have no liner at all, just an aging brick shell.
Over time, the clay liner and brick can deteriorate, leaving the home vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. Harmful creosote, a flammable by-product of burning wood, can build up on the inside of the chimney or liner and create the potential for chimney fires.
With continued use of these chimneys, any of these conditions could lead to loss of property or life.
Fortunately, the problems of a deteriorating chimney can be corrected without completely rebuilding your chimney. Rebuilding the entire chimney liner is one way to ensure a safer home, but it is also the most costly, and requires extensive demolition to the existing brick. Chimney relining systems are a less costly and less invasive solution.Stainless steel liners can be installed to protect the chimney.
The ideal size for a stainless liner is the same diameter as the exhaust collar on the appliance. If the liner is too small, it may not allow the exhaust volume necessary for efficient operation. If it is too big, it may draft too slowly at start up, and develop too much updraft when it finally heats up.
Rebuilding the entire chimney liner is one way to ensure a safer home, but it is also the most costly, and requires extensive demolition to the existing brick. Chimney relining systems are a less costly and less invasive solution.
Today's replacement chimney liners come in a flexible or rigid form.
New liners will restore and revitalize your chimney by putting insulated stainless steel between your chimney flue and the defects in your chimney walls. This will add to the safety of your home and family. It will also help to increase the resale value of your home.
New liners have a stainless steel construction which is unsurpassed in strength and protection. For woodburning applications, EcoClean can reline virtually any chimney configuration you may have - from single, straight flues to multiple, connected flues with bends and size changes.