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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

A Quick Guide To The Possibility Of Understanding And Checking For Creosote In Your Chimney As A DIY Job

by Martha Soto

Although a dirty chimney is never fun to look at, it can also be a fire hazard due to the excess amount of creosote that is often found there. That material accrues in wood-burning items and may do so faster due to the excess presence of moisture, inadequate oxygen supply, etc. Therefore, when you use a chimney that features wood as its source of fuel, you need to be aware of the following information about creosote prior to attempting its cleaning on your own. 

Understanding Creosote

Creosote is a problematic substance that manifests as the direct result of wood burning and therefore, there is nothing that can be done to prevent it entirely unless you simply don't want to use that type of fireplace for its intended purpose, ever. However, a chimney that is functioning properly, with clean flues and that only burns dry wood, will produce lesser amounts of that material.  

It's often recommended that all homes with functional chimneys that are used have a professional exam of the unit annually to verify that it is safe for you and assess whether a cleaning is warranted.  Assuming that you want the chimney to be more than decorative in the coming years, you need to know that when it builds to more than 1/8 of an inch within the unit or if you spot a glaze in the chimney, it should be cleaned, as explained next. 

Checking For Creosote

In addition, due to how the substance forms, it's found in wood-burning stoves. It can also be serviced by your chimney cleaner, if you want to be sure that you know what you're looking for and that person can verify that adequate oxygen is accessed by the unit in order to minimize the build-up. An unpleasant smell during the summer months when the chimney is not in use can also be indicative of the excess amount of creosote. 

That 1/8 inch of build-up that was previously mentioned can be checked for using your thumbnail, pressing into the area just over the damper. If it's progressed to 1/4 of an inch or more, it's very important to not use the chimney until it can be professionally cleaned. That build-up can be released into the air and is not good for you. It can rarely be cleaned by amateurs at that point and there are very real risks of fire damage and inhalation that exist at that time.    

In conclusion, a dirty chimney can result in extensive and significant damage to your home, while also permitting injuries those that areas around it when the unit is in use. As a result, every responsible homeowner interested in cleaning it as a DIY endeavor needs to be aware of the information discussed above about creosote when determining if doing so is the appropriate choice.