The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends a chimney or venting system be cleaned once a year with normal use. The burning of wood produces creosote.
The definition of creosote is defined as: A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.
What is it really though, Creosote is a by product from smoke in the wood burning process. In basic physics we know that all burning objects expel energy as they burn.
The smoke from the fire rises and goes out the top of your chimney. The smoke traveling up the chimney deposits creosote particles on the interior surfaces of the chimney structure.
This creosote is condensating unburned fuel created from the wood on the inside of the chimney flue. If this creosote is allowed to build It will become highly flammable.
Creosote comes in three stages. The first degree is a light powder that is similar to a black flour. The second stage which is illustrated in the picture to the right is second degree. Second degree is flaky similar to black corn flakes.
The third stage is also known as third degree. Third degree creosote is the most dangerous type. It is a very hard glaze or sometimes even liquid before it solidifies. This creosote is what causes chimney fires because it is very flammable. Chimneys that are not maintained properly and cleaned annually will develop this type of creosote.
The third degree creosote that ignites can lead to very damaging chimney fires. These fires can damage the interior and exterior of the chimney, not to mention escape into the house causing your house to catch on fire as well. Simple maintenance and annual cleaning can prevent any damage to your chimney or your home.
The cleaning process itself is quite simple. When we arrive at your home our safe service staff will ensure you that your home will look as spotless upon our departure as it did upon our arrival.
The crew will lay clean floor runners from the entry way all the way to your heating source, whether it be a fireplace or wood stove. The attentive crew will then place floor coverings down to protect the floor and the surrounding. A clean cloth drop will be placed along with our all weather/ water resistant floor mat.
The flue will be cleaned with the proper tools for the creosote type. 1st and 2nd degree creosote can be removed with a standard wire brush. The 3rd degree creosote however needs a special mechanical tool to remove it. Either way our Industrial Soot Sweeper vacuum will be there to take care of any dust.
The Soot Sweeper vacuum is a industry standard made especially for the chimney sweeping trade. After the system has been properly cleaned our staff takes extra care in tidying up. You will never know that we were there. A Sooty Solution prides itself on being the best in our industry. So for us to do that we treat every home as if it's our own.