How to Remove Chimney Deposits
Whenever you use your fireplace, by-products from the fire build up in your chimney. These by-products include:
- Soot – Soot is the black/brown soft dust-like deposit that accumulates when you use your fireplace.
- Creosote – Creosote is a hard, black/brown flakey substance that builds up in your fireplace venting system.
- Glaze – Glaze is a shiny, tar-like substance. Of the three types of deposits, it’s the hardest to remove.
Why You Must Remove Chimney Deposits
When these three by-products build up in your fireplace and chimney, they not only reduce your fireplace’s efficiency, but they also increase the risk for a chimney fire.
Keeping your fireplace and chimney clear of deposits can also reduce any potential odors coming from your chimney and prevent damage to your chimney’s structure. In addition, keeping your chimney clear of deposits will also ensure that it vents properly—this is important to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into your home.
The Best Way to Remove Chimney Deposits
While the frequency of your chimney sweeps will greatly depend on how often you use your fireplace, there are several ways to tell if it’s time to remove your chimney deposits:
- Take a look at your chimney flue(s). This is the part of your chimney where smoke and gas are vented. If you notice a glaze on your flue, it’s time for a chimney cleaning.
- Check the level of soot buildup on the inside of your chimney. When you have a soot buildup of 1/8 inch or more, you need a chimney sweep.
- Ask a professional if you need a chimney sweep during your yearly chimney inspection. This is best done during summer or early fall before you plan to use your fireplace.
Manual chimney cleaning can be difficult—especially if you don’t have the right tools for the job. That’s why most people prefer to hire a chimney sweep to remove any chimney deposits for them. A chimney sweep will use special chimney brushes to clean your chimney wells, as well as a vacuum to assure that the soot doesn’t get into your home through your fireplace.
In addition, some chimney sweeps will also use electric brushes or chemicals to clear hard to remove chimney deposits. Between professional chimney sweeps, you should sweep and dust your fireplace hearth after each use to help prevent residue buildup in your fireplace.
Hire a Professional Chimney Sweep in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia
If you don’t have the tools required to properly remove chimney deposits, contact Capitol Chimney Service. From chimney cleaning to chimney repair and chimney rebuilding, we are your one-stop chimney service. We are licensed, insured, and certified, so know our primary objective is to make your chimney, fireplace, and venting systems cleaner, safer, and more energy-efficient.
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