How to Tell if You Need a Chimney Liner

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Could you Need a New Chimney Liner?

You may already have a chimney liner but how can you tell if you may need a new chimney liner? The most simplistic answer is that if your house was built before 1965, and you wish to use it for anything more than an open fire, then the odds are very good that you do in fact need a chimney liner. Older chimneys do degrade with time, with some degradation resulting in blocked chimneys. The simplest way of dealing with your concerns is to call out a certified chimney sweep to clean the chimney and advise you.  A competent chimney sweep, who is HETAS registered will have the knowledge base needed to advise you properly, and sweeping the chimney will enable him to tell you what state it is in as well as the chimney liner.  He will be able to tell you if you need a new chimney liner and advise on the most suitable liner.. There are a number of different types of relining systems on the market. All are different, and not all will suit your chimney. The sectional chimney liner is made from terracotta, ceramics or pumice (the best) however, these require a lot of space … Continue reading

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Is your chimney leaking smoke into your home?

Is your chimney leaking smoke into your home? Did you know that chimneys in the CB1 and CB4 area tend to have the worst deterioration rate within a 25-mile radius of Cambridge? Chimneys over time disintegrate and can cause smoke to leak into your home, typically into bedrooms which is downright dangerous. Our 35 years’ experience maintaining chimneys within this area has enabled us to see first-hand local chimney trends and we’ve found in recent years that the deterioration of chimneys in the CB1 and CB4 area is much worse than other areas. Why do chimneys deteriorate? The soot, tar and creosote produced from burning wood or coal has acid in it.  This acid attacks the cement which hold the bricks together in the chimney stack and over time the cement disintegrates.  This leaves hundreds, if not thousands, of miniscule holes up and down your chimney.  If you look at the diagram, you can see that the partition wall in between the two flues is at most risk because it is being attacked on both sides by acid erosion.  This is why the inside of your chimney can be in poor condition while the outside is in good condition. Why is … Continue reading

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