As a fire burns in your fireplace, moisture in the wood is released into the chimney and forms creosote (particles of unburned wood and other chemicals) on the walls of your chimney. The more your chimney is used, the heavier the build up of creosote will be. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that chimneys should be cleaned and inspected yearly, while in use. Chimney Cleaning is essential to preventing fires.
Fire in the flue of the chimney is caused by the creosote holding the heat. Often times, people have fires in their chimney without knowing it, only to be told that there is smoke rising from their house. To put out the fire, the Fire Department will tear apart the chimney to make sure everything is safe. The heat from the fire will cause the chimney to fall apart due to damage to the brick and mortar, which will release toxic gasses into the home. This can be very expensive to repair because the chimney will need to be rebuilt entirely. Having your chimney cleaned yearly will prevent these costly repairs in the future.
Build up in a chimney will create heat beyond the standards of the chimney flue. Cleaning the chimney with a hard brush will remove the build up of debris and keep your chimney safe and healthy.
Different types of wood can rapidly cause the build up of creosote in the flue. Burning a low quality type of wood such as cottonwood creates a lot of creosote build up in the chimney. When creosote builds up it will hold the heat on the surface of the chimney, which can lead to flash fires within the flue. Heat can cause serious problems within the chimney such as the breakdown of the mortar in the joints.
When choosing a company to clean your chimney, make sure you choose a company with the proper certification for not only cleaning the chimney but also providing a proper chimney inspection. EcoClean Chimney Services is certified through Certfified Chimney Professionals, a nationally recognized company, that provides proper education on chimney cleaning and all levels of chimney inspections.
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By choosing EcoClean, for your chimney cleaning and inspections, you are choosing a company with the expertise and know how, to get the job done right.