Tips for using a chimney liner.
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Our homeowner in West River, Maryland, had a really big problem brewing in his fireplace. Unlined chimneys can be dangerous. Most local fire codes require these liners be installed. They are usually made of terra cotta, stainless steel or galvanized steel.
A flue liner protects you from the by-products of the fire. Without the liner, flue gasses, which are acidic, can damage the bricks and mortar deadly carbon monoxide could seep into the house, and the heat or sparks could cause a fire and fire could spread in your house. Here's how you can keep your chimney in line and protect yourself:
- First, this is how to make sure your chimney is lined. Grab a flashlight and give a look through the flue. If you don't see a lining or if the lining is cracked, call a professional.
- Have your chimney cleaned and checked annually by a chimney sweep. If you use less than half a cord of wood during the heating season, have the chimney checked every two years.
Besides adding elegance to a home, a fireplace is practical and comforting. You keep it lined – and it'll keep you warm and safe.