Creosote buildup is a condition that all fireplace owners need to be aware of. It’s what happens to your fireplace when you burn wood to create a crackling, snapping fire. Smoke is a byproduct of burning wood. Chemicals and moisture are released during combustion, and this floats up the chimney in the form of smoke. When the smoke reaches the top of your chimney, where it’s cooler, that smoke condenses onto the interior of your chimney to form creosote.

Problems with Creosote

Santa reaching for a cookieThe problem with creosote build up is twofold. First, it’s extremely flammable. If your fire snaps too much and embers or sparks are released, they can float up the chimney and catch the creosote to cause it to ignite. This can cause a serious chimney fire. Second, when there are too much creosote buildup inside your chimney, this can restrict the flow of smoke. If smoke isn’t getting through your chimney properly, then the chemicals can come back into your home, and this can cause an increase of carbon monoxide in your home.

Carbon monoxide extremely dangerous. It is a colorless, odorless gas that can put you and your family at risk of many health issues. Some of the signs and symptoms of high carbon monoxide levels are dizziness, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of vision, and possible loss of consciousness.

So, how much creosote buildup is too much creosote buildup? The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that even as little as an eighth of an inch is enough to start a chimney fire. This is why it’s very important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis.

Another Important Reason to Get Rid of Creosote

The best reason at this festive time of year to get your chimney cleaned is you want to make sure that Santa has a clean path to slide down your chimney! No one wants to be responsible for messing up Santa’s clean, red outfit and snowy white beard! You still have plenty of time to get your chimney inspected and swept before the holidays hit. Give Firesafe Chimney Service a call today to set up an appointment.

At Firesafe Chimney Service, we are proud of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certification, National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) association, Massachusetts Chimney Sweep Guild certification, and National Fireplace Institute membership. We know the importance of staying on top of all the latest techniques and technologies in the chimney business. Give us a call today and Santa will have a clean ride down your chimney this holiday!