The Dangers of Not Cleaning Your Chimney

If you have a chimney in your home, it is essential to keep it clean and well-maintained. Neglecting this critical chimney cleaning task can lead to blockage and build up of toxic fumes inside your home, which can cause serious respiratory problems and, in the worst case, suffocation or carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, a dirty chimney can cause the buildup of creosote, a highly flammable substance that can lead to a dangerous chimney fire. Ignoring this important task can endanger the health and safety of your family and pets.

When the chimney is not cleaned for a long time, a substance called creosote continues to build up in the flue pipe during the use of the chimney. This creosote is highly flammable and can cause a dangerous chimney fire (an uncontrolled 2000 degree fire that burns inside the chimney). First, your fireplace can catch fire, and then the fire will immediately spread to different parts of your home. Inhaling smoke, creosote, soot, and other hazardous gases can cause a variety of health problems, especially in children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases.

Prolonged exposure to these pollutants can cause more serious health problems, such as skin and lung cancers. One of the most dangerous ingredients in chimney smoke is wood tar. When wood burns incompletely, it releases a thick, tar-filled smoke. The tar sticks to the inside of the chimney and chimney, forming a black layer of creosote.

Unfortunately, lack of chimney cleanliness is the root cause of nearly one-third of all residential structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. It is recommended that a chimney be cleaned after every word, or every two years. Chimney cleaning is best left to the experts to ensure it's done properly. We have a team of qualified and dedicated technicians who can assist you with chimney inspection and cleaning. Therefore, you should clean your chimney relatively close to when you are going to use your chimney for the first time.

If you experience any signs of blockage or buildup of toxic fumes inside your home, it's time to schedule your chimney and its cleaning. We have been serving the Chicagoland area with the best chimney cleaning and repair services for more than 30 years.