We Can Remove Glazed Creosote!

If you’re like most homeowners, you consider yourself blessed to have a fireplace or stove to relax in front of at the end of a long day. But are you giving your heating appliance and chimney the attention they deserve and desperately need?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) both advise homeowners to have their chimneys professionally inspected every year, and cleaned as often as the inspections reveal is necessary. Professional chimney cleaning services help ensure that the chimney flue stays obstruction-free, and that the liner stays in great shape, year after year.

You see, each time you sit down to enjoy a fire, your flue is exposed to high heat and corrosive byproducts like creosote. Creosote is the result of incomplete combustion, and is essentially a cooled, solidified deposit made of moisture, oil, and smoke. Creosote can settle along your flue, and unless removed, it can continue to build up, layer upon layer.

The Problem With Creosote

  • One of the major reasons creosote needs to be regularly removed is that it is incredibly corrosive to the flue. If left alone, it will eat away at the liner, making the entire system inefficient and unsafe.
  • Another reason that creosote should be removed is that as it builds up along the flue walls, it decreases air flow. Decreased air flow within the chimney system leads to even more creosote, because it prevents the smoke from making a swift escape, and allows it to cool inside of the chimney.
  • Finally, creosote is a highly flammable deposit. If your flue liner is caked with creosote, you could easily have a chimney fire on your hands.

What Causes Glazed Creosote?

Glazed creosote or level 3 creosote forms when:

  • unseasoned firewood is burned
  • the fire is starved of adequate oxygen
  • the flue liner is improperly sized for the fireplace opening
  • the appliance is installed improperly

At this stage, the creosote is gummy or crusty and cannot be removed with typical chimney cleaning brushes and products. Instead, a chemical treatment will have to be used to remove the creosote.

Our Team Can Get Your Chimney Clean!

If you think you may have a creosote problem on your hands, give the CSIA certified experts at Your Chimney Sweep a call at 317-243-9687 or click here. We have the tools, products, and knowledge to safely remove the glazed creosote from your system so you can enjoy a safer, more efficient fire.

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