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What You Need to Know about Creosote

Did you know that chimney fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in the U.S.? Many people who don’t know the facts about their chimneys neglect to schedule regular services to keep them in good shape, and this can lead to some dangerous circumstances. We think any homeowner who uses a chimney should know more about creosote, one of the most unsafe substances found in homes.

What Is Creosote?

Creosote is a dark tarlike substance that forms as a result of the byproducts of combustion, the substances that form as the fire burns—such as water vapor, smoke, and gases. These substances collect together and may stick to the inside of your chimney. Creosote may also flake or appear crusty, and it collects easily when conditions in the chimney are not quite right, like if the wood is too moist or if airflow is restricted.

Here’s what makes it so dangerous: creosote is highly flammable. While modern chimneys are built to prevent fires from spreading to the home, this is not a guarantee. A large accumulation of creosote will still become a fire hazard, and while this risk is increased if there are issues with your chimney that need repair, any chimney is at risk.

Schedule Regular Chimney Cleaning

This is why regular chimney cleaning is such an important job. And it’s probably not something you want to attempt on your own. Not only is it messy work; you also may not have the proper tools to remove all of the creosote or to spot where it is a problem. Besides, with professional chimney cleaning, a technician can also inspect other components of your chimney and fireplace for safety.

Don’t neglect to schedule chimney cleaning this year: one of the most important safety and performance services you can get for your home. 2nd Generations Chimneys, Inc. has the proper tools and services for chimney cleaning in Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN. Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS

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