If you find that smoke is coming out of your fireplace and into the room there could be several reasons why this is happening.
* Your chimney may need sweeping if this has not been done for a while.
* Similarly, if your chimney hasn’t been inspected for a few years it could well have become blocked with debris, preventing smoke from escaping to the atmosphere.
* More seriously there could be damage to the flue that is reducing the updraft and allowing smoke to escape through the chimney lining and into the walls – or to other rooms in the house. There might even be a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if this is the case.
* If your chimney is not efficient enough it will not be able to draw up the smoke and combustion gasses properly. The air inside the flue has to be warm enough to maintain the pressure difference from the air outside (the lighter, warmer air in the chimney is carried higher than the colder air outdoors).
Chimney relining is a very effective way of dealing with these efficiency issues and blockages/damage. A properly insulated flue lining prevents seepage of smoke or tar into the chimney’s fabric. The flue stays hot, so exhaust from the fire is always carried up efficiently and quickly. Flue re-lining also ensures that there is a clear run from the fire to the chimney top, aiding the route of the flue gasses and combustion products to the atmosphere.
There are various types of flue lining: flexible and rigid steel, ceramic, clay… We will carry out a thorough inspection of your property to determine the best method of flue re-lining. And we’re always happy to discuss the options with you.