As part of your spring cleaning activities, don’t forget to sweep out your chimney! 73% of flue fires are caused by a build-up of chimney debris called creosote. Creosote is a highly combustible substance found on the inside of just about every chimney. It is produced as a byproduct of combustion when wood is burned in the fireplace. One of the fascinating and dangerous things about creosote is that it occurs in many forms, nearly all of them in a single chimney. The substance is known to be chunky and flaky, but also sticky like tar, hard like glass, or even drippy like sap; all depending upon how it condenses within the flue.
Not only is there the possibility for chimney fires to occur from the creosote, but danger also lurks in the form of dried leaves, bird or squirrel nests, and other debris. Needless to say, it’s extremely important to clean your chimney every year.
Chimney cleaning really is a simple process if you are keen on exploring your rooftop. Once you get up there, the actual cleaning process is quite easy. In the words of the Mary Poppins song, “A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be!”
Luckily for you, American Chimney Supplies has everything you need to start your chimney cleaning adventure.
- A chimney brush
- Some plastic and tape to seal off your fireplace inside
- A ladder, to get on your roof
- A shop-vac
Corey Bradford made an awesome DIY video. Check it out for a full explanation and demonstration.