Chimney Fires

Todd is using one of many tools they use to clean a chimney of creosote.

We are coming to the time of the year when the weather cools down, family and friends gather around the fireplace to enjoy time together and talk about the good times. We are also coming to the time of year where house fires are more common! Why is that you might ask?

The number one cause of fires across the U.S during winter season is creosote fires. Creosote essentially is the stuff that goes up in smoke from your fireplace and sticks to the walls of the chimney liner.

Clint Worrell said, cleaning logs only do so much, they only burn hot enough and only so high that they really only get the bottom of the chimney clean. Clint and his Associate Todd are professional chimney cleaners here in Hunt County. We use different sized and shaped brushes to get the big particles off the walls and get them as clean as possible. He also said to look out for nests and small animals taking shelter in the chimney.

Chimney fires can easily be prevented, making sure your chimney is cleaned is just one way but there are other things you should do to prevent the build up of creosote in your chimney. Never burn wet wood, don’t burn random wood, try to use hard woods such as oak that are dried out and will burn evenly and hot enough to prevent the left over particles, and don’t make a huge fire. A small fire will produce as just as much heat.

Clint and Todd do not look like the chimney cleaners we remember from the movies, they are both very clean and very professional and will come give you an estimate to clean your chimney. They say that a typical cleaning takes less than an hour and prices are about $125.00.

We all want to protect our loved ones and keep them safe and warm. Let’s do both and have your home’s chimney inspected so that potential disaster lurking in the least obvious place can be avoided.

Below we have a video from youtube showing how fast a creosote fire can happen. And for more information about getting your chimney cleaned call Hunt County’s own Clint Worrell at 469-767-1113.

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