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How Chimneys Cause Fires

Post by : dminCMC


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Chimney fires are no joke. Across the US, thousands of homes are yearly damaged due to unexpected chimney fires. Not only do these flames severely damage your chimney’s masonry, but they’ll also put your life and your family’s lives at risk.

In this blog, you’ll learn how chimney fires come to be and what you can do to prevent them.

#1. Minimize Potential Fires’ Main Perpetrator

The dastardly villain behind chimney fires is a nasty brown compound that accumulates on your chimney’s inner walls: creosote.

This substance is highly prone to catching fire, and when temperatures in your chimney inevitably become hot enough, the creosote can and will catch fire.

To prevent creosote build-up, you must allow your chimneys adequate airflow by opening your damper. The insidious aspect of creosote is that often it will catch fire but not to the extent that the fire makes itself known.

Therefore, it will silently whittle away at your chimney, severely damaging your masonry, until one day the fire will be less subtle.

#2. Be Aware of the Signs

cottage with chimney

When you hear significant crackling, popping, you need to take a look at your chimney or fireplace when it’s not lit and check if you see the build-up in the inner walls.

If the build-up is greater than even 1/8 of an inch, you need to have your chimneys cleaned by a professional.

If you’re not certain whether your chimney has enough build-up or is catching fire without your knowledge, it’s best to consult an expert to protect yourself, your family, and your home from potential fires.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Connecticut’s Premier Masonry and Chimney Service Repair Experts

Using a professional chimney cleaning service can help save you from potential fires resulting from your chimney. At Creative Masonry and Chimney, we provide expert chimney cleaning in CT.

We also provide high-quality chimney caps to prevent unwanted materials and blockages from entering your chimney. We offer a range of services to keep your chimney in the best and safest condition. Get in touch with us by calling (860) 225-9178 today!