How often does a chimney flue liner need replacing?
The average lifespan of a chimney flue liner is about 15 to 20 years. If you lived in your home 15 years or more you probably need to get the entire liner replaced to make sure it is up to code. If there is damage to your chimney flue liner your home is at risk for a serious home fire. At the very least, you should have a complete fireplace system inspection.
If you recently purchased an older home, you can’t assume the age or the condition of your chimney flue liner. When purchasing a home, typical home inspections do not check the fireplace flue liner. You need a certified Chimney Sweep to properly inspect your complete fireplace system. Home inspectors usually do not have the CSIA certifications (Chimney Safety Institute of America).
There are different types of chimney flue liners, and it’s difficult to determine just by looking at your fireplace if the liner needs replacing. That is why The Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Chimney Sweep Guild recommends having your complete fireplace system inspected once a year by a certified professional chimney sweep company.
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