Building a fire on a cold evening indoors can be one of the best ways to spend your night, but only if your chimney is equipped to handle it. Clogs and build-up throughout your structure can lead to problems in a hurry, and excess creosote can actually put you at risk of experiencing even bigger issues, like chimney fires.

lumps of creosoteWhat is creosote exactly?

Let us explain. Creosote is a flammable substance that forms in your chimney as fires are burned. While avoiding it altogether is impossible, burning well-seasoned wood, keeping your fires hot enough, and maintaining good airflow will all slow the rate at which it accumulates.

The biggest thing to be aware of with creosote is its ability to trigger a chimney fire. Chimney fires will cause significant damage to your masonry, creating open pathways through which flames, poisonous gases, and smoke can escape into your home. Unfortunately, these events often occur undetected, which means homeowners will continue to use their chimney, unaware that they face significant threats by doing so.

This is a big reason why the CSIA promotes regular inspections and cleanings. If you have yet to schedule an appointment, do so today! With winter weather and the holidays coming up quick, you will want to ensure your fireplace is all set and ready for any upcoming festivities.

Glazed Creosote

Now, creosote comes in three forms – flaky, tar-like, and glazed – and each type is dangerous and flammable. That being said, glazed creosote is definitely the hardest to remove. In fact, using inappropriate measures to get it done can actually cause significant damage to your structure! Because of this, counting on a team of CSIA certified professionals, like the crew here at Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps, is always the way to go.

We have specialized products that actually change the texture of the creosote so that it eventually becomes easier to remove. Our sweeps offer reliable, mess-free care, and you’ll definitely get those high-quality results you are looking for. There’s no better crew to trust throughout Southern Maryland!

Need Your Chimney Swept Or Inspected?

Cooler temperatures are finally making an appearance, and soon countless families throughout the area will find themselves eager to light up their fireplace and cozy up indoors. Ensure your system is ready to go by counting on our team for it all. We can perform a thorough inspection, and our experts will check for any obstructions, build up, or excess debris that needs to be removed, as well. If you need a cleaning or repair, we can handle it all.

We pride ourselves on being educated and up-to-date on it all, and we are experienced, knowledgeable, and eager to make the lives of our customers safer and more comfortable. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Magic Broom team today!