Creosote is a highly flammable residue of combustion that accumulates on the inside walls of a chimney flue liner. The most serious danger is chimney fires, which arise when creosote build-up from wood smoke compresses inside chimneys and catches fire. This is more prevalent with wood stoves and can also be an issue with fireplaces. Allowing heat to reach neighboring wood framing and other elements in your home can cause fractures in “fireproof” brick, stone, or clay flue liners. It allows heat to reach neighboring hardwood structures and other combustible materials.
Every year, a clogged chimney is the source of several house fires.
A certified chimney sweep, especially from a chimney cleaning business, can examine the state of any untreated sections of the chimney and make appropriate recommendations. The majority of chimney sweeps work for themselves and are self-taught. They get experience by practicing cleaning with their colleagues or their own chimneys. Some chimney sweeps have certifications from a chimney cleaning business. It’s vital to evaluate whether your chimney cleaning business will have enough interest in your area. Most homeowners are better off employing professional sweepers from a chimney cleaning business. Chimney cleaning is more challenging than it appears, and it is a job that requires prior experience. However, a skilled DIYer can clean their own chimneys with the correct equipment, abilities, and understanding of what to look for.