Most people service their car every five to ten thousand miles and get an annual checkup at the doctor on a regular basis. Did you know you should also get your chimney serviced by a professional? Only a chimney professional has the skills and equipment to get the job done. Many homeowners clean their own chimney or hire neighborhood handymen to save some money, but this is neither safe nor guarantee a properly cleaned chimney.

Prevent Fires and Damage

Chimney sweep climbing a stepladder with his equipment and wire brush slung over his backDuring the off season, your chimney may become home for animals and debris. As nesting materials, feathers, animal fur, droppings, and even carcasses accumulate inside your chimney, and this can cause a fire. Additionally, summer humidity mixes with creosote to create a corrosive combination that deteriorates the masonry. It’s best to get your chimney professionally cleaned to avoid these potential fire hazards.

Raise Efficiency

A clean chimney is safer and more efficient. Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) agree that sweeps and inspections are necessary for the efficiency and safety of your chimney system. The chimney works by drafting smoke and fumes up the chimney to vent your fireplace.

The smoke and soot has to mix with heat to rise, and it must have free airflow. If the interior of your chimney system become covered in soot or creosote, if the airway is obstructed by these byproducts or debris, the air will slow. As the air slows down, it will cool before it rises up and out of the flue. As it cools, all the particulate matter get deposited inside the flue instead of venting out properly.

Creosote Buildup

As the accumulation continues inside your chimney, this is how a dangerous creosote buildup occurs. As creosote is deposited, your system becomes less efficient. Creosote, when left in the flue, will lead to a glazed creosote or level three, buildup. This occurs as creosote builds up and is heated. As it heats, the water vapors are removed, leaving a hardened mass of concentrated tar on the interior of the system. Glazed creosote is highly flammable, and it is also more difficult to remove.

West Texas Removes Creosote

When you schedule a chimney sweep with West Texas Chimney and Venting Solutions, you can count on a clean chimney every time. We also remove glazed creosote! Using a formulated product, we are able to quickly and easily remove glazed creosote without damaging the liner. We simply apply the solution to the creosote and as it is absorbed, the creosote flakes away. At this point, we can brush and vacuum it out of the system completely.

Make sure your system is safe from creosote and other deposits that can put your family at risk by hiring our professionals. Schedule with a CSIA certified chimney sweep company now. Call West Texas at 806-358-0817 or schedule online today!