Houston Chimney Cleaning | Best Pick Reports

The smells and sounds of burning logs crackling in an old-fashioned fireplace create a timeless and enjoyable atmosphere. While it provides hours of enjoyment, a fireplace also creates a potential hazard to home and people. Proper chimney cleaning reduces this hazard.

Chimney fires. Chimney fires are some of the hardest fires to extinguish but also some of the easiest fires to prevent. As wood burns in a fireplace it gives off creosote, which is commonly referred to as soot. As the creosote and smoke travel up, some of the creosote is deposited on the inside of the chimney. Since creosote is flammable, over time the buildup creates a chimney fire hazard. Chimney fires burn very hot and are especially dangerous because they can quickly spread to the roof, the attic, or other wood framing around the chimney and ultimately destroy the entire house. If a chimney fire starts, get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible and call 911.

Fortunately, periodic chimney cleaning removes the creosote and greatly reduces the likelihood of fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having your chimney inspected annually by an expert. Because scheduling an appointment with a reputable chimney sweep is difficult in winter, have your chimney cleaned in the off-season.