The Importance of Creosote Removal


Although you may know that national fire safety organizations such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend having your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year, you may not understand exactly why this annual appointment is so important. One of the reasons why you need to have your chimney maintained by professionals each year has to do with reducing safety hazards by removing the flammable compound creosote from the inner chimney walls. Since 1986 Ace Chimney Sweeps has provided high-quality professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the Elkton area, and you can trust our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to make sure that you and your family are safe from chimney fires and other possible safety hazards. We would like to tell you more about the dangers of creosote and what you can expect from our professional chimney sweeping service.

What exactly is creosote?

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, creosote is a fact of life. This compound develops naturally during combustion and sticks to the inside of your chimney. Over the winter, it can accumulate into large deposits, and these deposits can be hazardous because creosote is so flammable that the CSIA lists it as a leading cause of chimney fires. This is why it is so important to have it removed from your chimney every year.

What can I expect from a chimney sweeping appointment with Ace Chimney Sweeps?

When we arrive at your home, we will begin by protecting the area around your fireplace by laying down drop cloths. This will keep any dirt and debris from your chimney out of your home. We will then start to sweep your chimney with specialized tools like rotating brushes on extended rods and a high-powered vacuum. You can count on our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to make sure every bit of creosote has been removed from your chimney. After we have finished sweeping, we will take a look at the exterior of your chimney to see if there is any damage or other problems that could make your chimney unsafe to use. Your safety is our top priority whenever we work on your chimney and fireplace system.

If you have not had your chimney professionally swept and inspected yet this year, you are at a greater risk for safety hazards, including chimney fires. Contact us at Ace Chimney Sweeps to make your appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance services. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are here for any of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

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