Many homeowners and business owners are not exactly sure what a chimney liner is or why it is necessary to have one in our homes and businesses.
The chimney liner was invented to protect residential home occupants and business occupants from the dangers of the exhaust coming off of any gas heating appliance or gas water heater were a chimney is present. These units expel carbon monoxide which is unhealthy and can be lethal to humans and animals alike and needs to be exhausted.
When many homes and businesses were built the chimneys were too large for the exhaust to stay warm enough to rise out of the chimney and into the atmosphere. Over many years it began being noticed that the carbon monoxide was building up in the bottom of chimney’s and seeping into the basements of homes and businesses making people sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. Due to this danger a chimney liner must be installed per Minnesota code in order to keep our families and coworkers safe.
A chimney liner is an aluminum sleeve that is constructed and installed down the center of the chimney which is connected to the gas heating equipment and gas water heater if they are of the natural draft style. The chimney liner also includes a drip tee for condensation at the bottom and a chimney cap also known as a bird proof cap at the top. The chimney liner is sized for the equipment being installed which will allow it to heat up and create a natural draft. This will allow the carbon monoxide and exhaust to be pulled naturally into the atmosphere keeping everyone safe. This will alleviate the possible dangers of carbon monoxide building up within the chimney cavity and seeping back into the living spaces.
If you are unsure of the current condition of your chimney liner or are afraid that you might not even have one, call Cities1 Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and we would be happy to come out, take a look and do what is needed to keep everyone safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide.