If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, the wood you use will not be burned completely, and you will need the services of a professional, certified chimney sweep because the smoke generated contains tar-like liquids, unburned gases and vapors. The condensation that results is a crusty, potentially dangerous build-up known as creosote.
What you should know about creosote
This element can corrode many surfaces, and its build-up also becomes an insulating material that can cause your fireplace or stove to run less efficiently. In addition, since it flammable, creosote is also a potential safety hazard for you and your family.
Solving your chimney problems
The National Fire Protection Association indicates that once the creosote build-up exceeds 1/8 of an inch, that is the time to contact your local chimney sweep, who will use special brushes to remove it and ensure that your chimney is functioning properly once again. If you find that smoke is billowing into your basement or home when you light a fire, this can be caused by negative and positive air pressure, your HVAC system, improper draft and other factors. Your chimney sweep is prepared to make an accurate diagnosis and help you solve the problem. Also, if water seeps into your home down the flue or around the chimney, they can provide water proofing the seal your chimney’s external boundaries and prevent any further water damage.
Other benefits of working with a chimney sweep
They are well-acquainted with a variety of wood-burning appliances and have the expertise to service them for maximum efficiency and safety. With tools that are especially designed for them, they will scrub your entire chimney, and you can rest secure, knowing that they are fully insured and licensed to do the job. The work they do is guaranteed to be “mess proof,” and your safety is always their main concern.