Creosote is a nasty substance and, as a fireplace owner, you’ve probably heard your sweep mention it more than a few times. Most homeowners know that regularly removing creosote is important, but few know the actual reasons behind this necessary maintenance. At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we are all about keeping our customers educated and informed.
Learn more about creosote below, then give our CSIA certified staff a call today! We can handle any and all of your chimney and fireplace needs.
The biggest issue with creosote is that it is highly flammable. The more it accumulates, the higher your risk is for chimney fires… and no one wants to deal with the damages that accompany a chimney fire! Your entire structure will weaken considerably, mortar will melt, your brickwork will crumble, and holes and cracks will form, giving stray flames easy access to adjacent woodwork and/or roofing materials.
It’s safe to say that using a fireplace that has experienced a chimney fire is never a good idea. Unfortunately, many chimney fires go unnoticed! That’s right – it may seem hard to believe, but a large portion of chimney fires burn slower and just don’t have the airflow or fuel necessary to become loud and obvious. That means homeowners will continue using their fireplace as if nothing is wrong, putting themselves in extremely dangerous situations.
This is why those yearly inspections are so vital. We highly recommend having a certified chimney tech check things over before each burning season so that you know you are good to go when the time comes to light your first fire. Our experts are more than qualified to help you out! Call us in now before your holidays kick off.
Creosote can come in a variety of forms, so the removal process may vary, depending on your unique situation. It may be sticky and tar-like, flaky and crusty, or shiny and glazed. No matter what texture you’re dealing with, it is always dangerous, and it should be removed promptly. Luckily, we can take care of any type of creosote! We will apply the appropriate products and use the best tools available so that you won’t have to worry about chimney fires anytime soon.
There’s no time to lose! Schedule your cleaning with us today, and we’ll make sure your system is ready to go throughout the months ahead.
As temperatures drop, you want to make sure you’re ready for anything. Give our representatives a call today, so that you can use your fireplace as safely and as efficiently this holiday season. We have been serving this area for 19 years and counting, and we look to many more years to come. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!