How to Check for a Lined Chimney


The usage of a chimney on a fireplace inside your house is for allowing smoke to vent out of your house. Once you use the fireplace, the smoke will rise through your chimney’s flume before exiting via the top of the chimney. Nowadays, you will find that modern chimneys designed with liner that is installed on the inside of the flume in order to increase safety and function, plus also enables you to clean the chimney flume a lot easier. You will find that liners can be made out of terra-cotta, stainless steel, aluminum or a combination of cement and volcanic pumice. This following article will help you to learn the three ways of checking for a liner in your chimney.

To check for a lined chimney, you need:

  • Chimney manual
  • Flashlight
  • Video camera with mounted light
  • Rope
  • Ladder

Checking for a Lined Chimney

How to Check for a Lined Chimney

  • Before you start to do any checking of your liner, you should read the chimney’s manual because the manual might provide you with information whether there is any liner or not for the chimney.
    • Most of the pre-fabricated chimney flumes come with a liner.
  • The next step that you should do is to reach up into the chimney and try to feel the chimney’s inner walls to see whether they are smooth or rough.
    • You will find that most liners help creates a smoother surface than the brick or cement used for building chimney.
  • You can also rig your home video camera with a rope and turn on its light.
    • Then, climb on a ladder and slowly lower down your video camera so that you can look at the wall.
    • Make sure that you shine a flashlight down to have a good lighting inside the flume of your chimney.

If your chimney does not function according to the proper manner that it should be doing, the gases coming from your fireplace will smother fire or even keeping it from burning in a proper way.

Always remember that if you want to check for a lined chimney,

  • And you are not sure what to do and where to check for the liner. You can simply seek assistance from a chimney expert in order to confirm whether your chimney come with a liner or not.
  • Apart from that, chimney expert are also capable of reviewing your chimney through camera footage to determine whether there are cracks or unusual wear found in your chimney liner.
  • The most suitable place to have a chimney is at the center of your house so that you can minimize heat loss through the walls of your chimney.
  • If you build your chimney outside of your house, you will be losing considerable amount of heat. Therefore, if you want your chimney to be built outside, make sure that its wall is several inches thicker than the one normally build for inside of the house in order to compensate the heat loss.

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