For some, spring cleaning is a welcome time for reorganizing and refreshing one's home. But for others having our chimneys cleaned can be a forgotten task similar to getting our septic tanks pumped or the oil changed in our car. We know it should be done, but we put it off until we’re worried their might be a problem. ThinkstockPhotos-455649253Many homeowners, especially those who don’t burn wood on a regular basis, never think of checking their chimney, let alone having it professionally inspected and cleaned. That’s a potentially-dangerous mistake. Creosote buildup is the number one danger of a dirty chimney. Besides being corrosive, creosote is combustible and the number one source of chimney fires – which often spread quickly and tragically to your house itself. Compounding the confusion for many homeowners is the varying degree of creosote buildup, not only from home to home and chimney to chimney, but from woodpile to woodpile and season to season. Creosote buildup in a chimney varies greatly, depending not only on fixed factors like the type of stove or fireplace and location of the flue, but from one type of wood to another. Wetter wood will build more creosote than dryer wood, and they type of fire burned and frequency of use – all variables for most of us – can have a huge impact on creosote buildup. Advanced Chimney Sweeps in Marietta, Georgia was founded by a firefighter in 1989 and offers the Atlanta area top notch service in chimney cleaning, maintenance and inspection  to ensure maximum chimney safety and efficiency. Besides cleaning, Advanced Chimney Sweeps can identify chimney problems and make repairs and advise on the best ways to prevent and control creosote buildup. Make sure your chimney, wood burning stove or fireplace and your entire house, is safe from the dangers of a potentially tragic chimney fire.  Contact Advanced Chimney Sweeps for an inspection and cleaning this spring.

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