To many homeowners, creosote prevention may seem like a gimmick. With products on the market that remove creosote through a little powder thrown on some hot coals, can it really be dangerous? For your safety and the safety of your home and family, it’s best to ask the professionals. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has only approved one “chemical cleaner” and still recommends professional services as well. What is creosote and why is it so bad that professional services are necessary?
What is Creosote?
When organic materials are burned, chemicals are produced, including creosote, which is primarily made up of tar. This material is sticky, so buildup is easy and inevitable as the fireplace is used regularly. When creosote builds up, it slows airflow which makes the air stall in the flue and deposit even more creosote. Best case scenario, the corrosive creosote will damage the liner and interior masonry. Worst case scenario, the buildup becomes a stage 3 buildup or “glazed” creosote.
When is Creosote a Problem?
Creosote will always exist in a chimney system where wood is burned, but when it becomes glazed creosote it becomes a hazard. A stage 3 buildup means the creosote has created an obstruction, as this sticky material heats up it boils. The water evaporates and what is left is a hardened mass of flammable material–made up of fuel. Not only is the glazed creosote flammable, but it’s also difficult to remove. An amateur or homeowner would have to chisel and pry this material from the chimney system. Only a professional can remove it without damaging the system and restoring the chimney to full and proper function.
Where to Find Professional Services?
Robinson Maintenance Repair, Inc. has all the professional expertise and equipment necessary to remove the creosote from your chimney system. When you schedule regular chimney sweeps the creosote will be removed before there is a buildup. RMR doesn’t only clean the chimney system of ash, soot, creosote, and more, but also specializes in creosote removal. Our technicians are trained and certified to remove creosote using an industrial product from HeatShield. Using Poultice Creosote Remover, we’re able to remove creosote as if it’s nothing more than regular soot. First, PCR is applied to the creosote where it absorbs the creosote as it dries. Once it is completely dried, it falls away and can be easily cleaned up. This process is as easy as 1-2-3 for a professional. Don’t leave your chimney services up to an unqualified handyman. Only the professionals can help you prevent damage and danger.
RMR can take care of your comprehensive chimney care for the life of your home. In additions to sweeps and creosote removal, we also offer inspections, installations, troubleshooting , and more. Request an appointment today.