Creosote is one of the most dangerous things you can find inside of a chimney. And yet, it builds up naturally as you burn a fire in your fireplace. There are steps you can take to lessen the buildup and impact of creosote, a black, tarlike substance that is highly combustible. And you should also know what to look for to tell if your creosote problem is out of control.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog: Archive for May, 2016
We know that in the summertime, few people have their chimneys on their minds. But if your chimney has issues that go ignored for too long, it can become a serious headache when winter arrives. When you take care of chimney problems or routine cleaning this summer, you can make things a lot easier for the rest of the year. Take a look at some examples.
Spring is a time for rejuvenation, transforming your house from a somewhat cluttered, dusty space to something that feels more like home. Therefore, most people tend to focus on organization when it comes to spring cleaning, and dusting off the parts of the home they can see.
You’ve always wished for the warmth and coziness that a fireplace brings to a room, but your home just wasn’t built for it. For a classic vintage look and feel, a wood stove may meet your needs. You can retrofit a wood stove into your home, as long as you have a fireplace and chimney expert install proper ventilation and follow all building codes and safety precautions.
Spring cleaning is a time for you to clean out your closets, throw out what you don’t use, and clean off the rest. Throughout the process, you might end up with a lot of laundry, washing towels, curtains, spare bedsheets, and of course, your usual clothing loads. And the more you use your dryer, the more at risk you are for a dryer-related fire—if you haven’t had the dryer vents cleaned out this year.
You light a fire in your fireplace, assuming that you’ll feel more comfortable in no time. But shortly after you build a fire, smoke is sent through the fireplace and back to your home. This is a scary problem that often deserves professional attention in order to prevent fires and other health and safety issues. We’ve provided the list below so that you can ask yourself a few questions before you call in a technician, and know what to tell the chimney sweeps when they arrive.