How to Stop Creosote Buildup

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Every time you light a fire in your fireplace, creosote will deposit in your chimney. Creosote can be a dangerous flammable hazard. In some cases, you will need to look for chimney repair companies to remove excess buildup of creosote to prevent fire. What are some ways to prevent creosote buildup in your home?

Three Stages of Creosote

Each stage of buildup becomes increasingly more dangerous. At the first stage, you can brush away flaky soot with a chimney brush. After this stage, the creosote looks like hard black flakes. At this point you may need to hire a professional as you need specialized tools to remove the buildup.

At the final stage, the creosote is highly concentrated. The creosote coats the inside of the chimney. The creosote builds up in layers, creating a deadly fire hazard. At this stage, replacing the entire chimney liner may be necessary. Call our professionals today if your chimney has entered this final stage. Prevent damage and harm to your family and home.

Prevent Creosote Buildup

Allowing creosote to build up in your chimney leaves your home exposed to many fire hazards. A hot fire can ignite the tar, causing irreparable damage to your home. A chimney fire quickly becomes a house fire. What are some ways to prevent dangerous creosote buildup?

  • Do not burn unseasoned firewood
  • Do not burn artificial logs
  • Avoid burning slow smoldering fires
  • Burn with plenty of air flow
  • If your chimney is outside your home, check regularly for creosote buildup
  • Contact a chimney repair professional to assess your chimney

Protect your family by regularly inspecting and cleaning your chimney. Contact our experienced professionals today.