BUSTED! We remember those Summer days of stories around the campfire well. Passing the night away with s’mores and spooky urban legends or myths. Myths maintain their popularity today, and oftentimes find themselves being passed along as “common knowledge.” And while it may seem silly, chimneys are no less subject to myths than Big Foot. Luckily, the experts of Cummins Restorations are here to lay those myths to rest once and for all!
Myth 1: If You Don’t Use The Fireplace You Don’t Need To Clean The Chimney.
False. Neglecting to clean the chimney due to lack of use can still lead to problems down the road. Thanks to cracks in the chimney cap and masonry, your chimney is still exposed to the elements. These elements can threaten your chimney’s structural integrity, all while the chimney continues to collect debris. This can even lead to mold growth! If you don’t want to breathe in bacteria, be sure to keep up with those periodic cleanings and annual inspections!
Myth 2: It’s Easy To Clean The Chimney Yourself.
While it’s possible, it’s certainly not easy. Cleaning a chimney requires special supplies, tools, and equipment to safely remove hardened creosote and other accumulation. Not to mention a professional will be able to spot potential problems during a cleaning.
Myth 3: Metal Liners Don’t Require Cleaning.
Many homeowners believe that metal liners are maintenance-free. While metal liners are more durable, provide energy efficiency, and require less maintenance, they still require periodic cleaning. Creosote and other corrosive combustion gases can accumulate on any type of liner, regardless of its composition.
Myth 4: Burning Seasoned Wood Won’t Require Chimney Cleaning.
Wood that has been seasoned or dried for 6+ months produces less smoke and creosote due to its low moisture content. So although it is cleaner, it still produces creosote that will need to be removed. At its initial stage, creosote is a powdery substance that is easy to remove. However, it will harden into a dark, tarry substance known as stage 3 or glazed creosote, which is highly flammable and very difficult to remove without professional assistance.
There you have it! Four dangerous chimney myths, busted. Be sure to pass this message along to your friends so we can end chimney fires today. Looking for more tips? Check out our other blog posts.