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Fireplace Chimney Care

We Don't blow smoke about chimney care. Ever.

Chimney If you own a fireplace, its important to get your chimney cleaned at least once a year. Proper fireplace and chimney maintenance will prevent dangers like fires or carbon monoxide poisoning and keep your home and your family safe.

Chimney Fires

As fires burn, smoke goes up the chimney. Some smoke will condense into creosote on the inside of the chimney, or what is known as the flue. Creosote looks like a tar and it is very hard since it slowly builds over time after each fire. If creosote happens to catch fire, a chimney fire will ensue, which will be so loud that it will sound like a jet engine.

The majority of build up of creosote happens as fires are being lighted. Cold chimneys will condense more smoke than hot ones. A continuous fire is less likely to build creosote than many separate fires.

Because Creosote can burn so hot, and often without detection, nearby walls and rafters have been known to burst into flames. Chimney fires can spread so fast that the fire department often arrives too late to have any impact, and often well after the fire has destroyed the home.

The extremely high temperatures associated with chimney fires cause cracks to form in the flue and chimney. Carbon monoxide is generated anywhere fuel is burned, including your fireplace, woodstove or furnace. Normally, these deadly fumes vent safely up the chimney. But if the chimney starts to leak, the fumes may be drawn back into the home.

Proper chimney maintenance and care, including routine chimney sweeps, are important parts of preventing chimney fires.

Is your chimney or fireplace filthy? Contact Aumillers Inc. and we can assist you with your chimney service needs.