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Chimney Cleaning Logs Are No Substitute for a Chimney Sweeping

Call on a certified pro like those found at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to sweep your chimney

Call on a certified pro like those found at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to sweep your chimney

You may have seen chimney cleaning logs that claim to remove and reduce the accumulation of creosote in your chimney when you burn one of these logs in your fireplace or stove. You may even have thought that this could take the place of your annual professional chimney sweeping. However, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Weststar Chimney Sweeps agrees with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) that using chimney cleaning logs is not a substitute for the job our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will do when they perform this yearly maintenance task on your chimney. We would like to tell you more about this product and why you should never rely on it as a way to properly and safely clean your chimney.

What are chimney cleaning logs?

A chimney cleaning log is a chemical product that does actually remove a portion of accumulated creosote from both masonry and metal chimneys. It does this through catalytic action that takes place when the log is burned in a fireplace or wood stove.

Why are chimney cleaning logs not a substitute for a professional chimney sweeping?

For one reason, a professional chimney sweeping from Weststar Chimney Sweeps will guarantee that every bit of accumulated creosote will be removed safely from your chimney. When you burn a chimney cleaning log, deposits of creosote will flake off and could either possibly cause a chimney fire by igniting after falling off or end up on the smoke shelf, where it creates another potential fire hazard.

Another reason is that a professional chimney sweeping includes much more than just creosote removal. Your chimney will be inspected to look for possible damage and potential problems. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will also check for flue blockages and can take away birds’ or animals’ nests, leaves, and other debris that are blocking the exit of your chimney. This reduces the risk of a very hazardous situation: carbon monoxide leaks.

Should I use chimney cleaning logs in between my annual chimney sweepings?

The CSIA recommends that this type of chemical product should only be used under the supervision of a qualified chimney professional. Sometimes, layers of creosote can be so thick that chemical chimney cleaners must be used to change the chemical composition of creosote from hard or tacky to brittle or powdery in order to completely remove all of the creosote buildup. Our sweeps have been trained to use these chemical cleaners and know how to use them safely.

Have you scheduled your annual professional chimney sweeping yet? Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to make an appointment to have your chimney properly cleaned.

By Mike O'Mara on October 28th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Home Builders Are Not Always Chimney and Fireplace Experts

Chimney Certified Builders - Weststar Chimney - San Diego CAAre you planning to build a new home with a fireplace and chimney? Or maybe you are thinking about adding a new fireplace to your existing house? Weststar Chimney Sweeps would like to tell you why you should hire a chimney company to construct the fireplace and chimney instead of a home building company. With so many different safety codes and standards that are involved in constructing a chimney, it is an excellent decision to go with chimney experts who have been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). To receive this certification, chimney technicians have to undergo extensive training on all of the different building codes that are required in the construction of a fireplace and chimney system, so you are guaranteed that all of the safety standards will be followed. To help you understand why you should choose a chimney company like us to build your new chimney and fireplace, we would like to tell you the two most important reasons why this choice is so important.

We understand exactly what a chimney is supposed to do.

Weststar Chimney Sweeps knows that you need your chimney to be able to vent all of the byproducts of combustion away from your home. We also understand that this process needs to happen without any damage being caused to your house. The CSIA offers a course on chimney physics that has taught us the best ways to ensure your chimney functions correctly. We also take into consideration that different kinds of heating appliances need to be matched to specific types of chimneys. We can match your particular heating appliance exactly to the right size and kind of chimney.

We have been trained on all of the applicable building codes and requirements for chimneys and fireplaces.

Our chimney technicians at Weststar Chimney Sweeps have been educated and trained to follow these codes, which are based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211 for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances. Weststar Chimney Sweeps lines every masonry chimney we build with a liner that matches your heating appliance. We ensure all clearances from combustible materials are met to prevent your house from being ignited on fire due to the extremely high temperatures produced by the fireplace. We also follow the 3-2-10 rule that means chimneys must be three feet higher than the roof penetration on the shortest side, and the very top of the chimney must extend two feet above any portion of the building structure within 10 feet.

If you are planning on building a new home or on adding a new fireplace to your house, contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps. We will be proud to build you an efficient and safe fireplace and chimney system.

By Mike O'Mara on October 12th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment