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What Is Creosote Deglazing?

Creosote Deglazing Image - San Diego CA - Weststar ChimneyWhen it comes to your chimney and fireplace, knowing the ins and outs of it all can be tiresome. While memorizing every detail about fireplace maintenance isn’t necessary, it is a good idea to have some basic knowledge of fireplace terms. Read on to learn more about creosote deglazing and how excess creosote can cause issues for your chimney.

Creosote Awareness

Debris and excess build-up is never good, and creosote is one of the more harmful substances your chimney regularly faces. It varies in shape and texture, but is always something you want to avoid. Not only does it harm your brickwork and lining, but it is known for being highly flammable, as well. This means an increased risk of chimney fires, which could put your family in danger and cause lasting damage to your home.

While avoiding creosote altogether is impossible, there are ways to slow down the rate at which it accumulates. By burning properly seasoned wood, maintaining good air flow throughout the chimney, and keeping your fires extra hot, you will produce cleaner fires, thus lowering the amount of toxins and debris escaping into your chimney.

Level 3 (Glazed) Creosote

Many homeowners are aware of what creosote is, but do not know about the various levels at which it can form in a chimney. Level 3 creosote means that it has accumulated a lot and there is a thick layer lining your brickwork. It is typically dark and gummy and can be very difficult to remove without the proper tools and chemicals.

Deglazing is a term that represents the removal of this nasty substance. The process for removing glazed creosote is a lot more extensive than your basic cleaning or sweeping jobs. Hiring a staff that knows what they are doing and are educated on how to tackle this big task is vital for ensuring the safety of your home and fireplace. Lucky for you, the experts at Weststar Chimney Sweeps know everything there is to know when it comes to creosote removal.

Stick With The Pros

While many feel that they can take on chimney sweeping and cleanings themselves, it is really a job you should entrust to an expert. Leaves, nests, twigs, and other materials can accumulate quickly and knowing where to find them can be tricky. If any steps get overlooked or if any debris gets missed, you could wind up facing some serious issues when you go to light a fire.

If you are worried about the amount of creosote in your chimney, do not hesitate to give us a call today. We pride ourselves on top of the line products and unbeatable customer satisfaction. We cannot wait to get your home and fireplace looking great!

By Mike O'Mara on September 27th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why You Need an Annual Chimney Inspection

Annual Chimney Inspection Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsFall is quickly approaching, bringing crisp weather along with it. For many, this means a period of more frequent fireplace use is ahead. If you are hoping to utilize your fireplace more throughout the upcoming months, then it is time to schedule your annual inspection and cleaning.

Regular fireplace and chimney maintenance is vital in ensuring that your home and family stays safe year round. Check out a few reasons why scheduling that yearly inspection is so important.

Preventing Fire

The more dirt, debris, creosote, and other build-up that occurs within a chimney, the greater your chances are of experiencing a chimney fire. Creosote is known for being highly flammable and twigs, leaves, and other nesting materials brought in by animals will easily ignite when given the opportunity.

A fire will not only damage your masonry and other various parts of your chimney, but can affect the overall structural soundness of your home, as well. On top of this, you put your entire home and family at further risk of harm when the chances of fire are heightened. Reduce this threat by hiring a professional to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny, while using the proper materials.

Ensuring Efficiency

If there are any blockages or damaged parts within a chimney, the entire system will function less efficiently. Without the ability to properly ventilate, a fireplace will spit any smoke and other fumes back into your home and your fireplace will remain unsuitable for use.

To build and maintain productive fires, have your entire fireplace checked out before you put it to work. An expert will clear out any excess debris, remove blockages, and make certain that everything is in proper working condition before any fires are lit. This will ensure that your home will be heated as efficiently as possible, thus reducing energy bills and heightening the overall atmosphere of your home.

Avoiding Harmful Toxins

If blockages are present, then smoke and other toxins are given nowhere to escape. This means friends and family will inhale the harmful gases produced by the fireplace. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to damaged health and hospital visits, so eliminate this risk by having your fireplace inspected before any fires are built.

To help ensure that no harmful gases are escaping your home, ask your chimney sweep about installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout it. This will add an extra level of protection for your family and you can rest easy knowing they are all out of harm’s way.

When it comes down to it, all of these things revolve around protecting your home and ensuring your family members stay in good health. At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we have all of the tools and expertise necessary for adequately preparing your chimney for the changing of seasons we soon will face. Allow yourself the peace of mind you deserve by scheduling a cleaning and inspection today!

By Mike O'Mara on September 7th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment