Every homeowner looks for ways to save money when it comes to maintaining the house, but sometimes an attempt to reduce costs can end up costing even more money. One of these situations is using chimney cleaning logs as a substitute for an annual professional chimney sweeping. This product claims to remove and reduce the buildup of creosote deposits from your chimney, but the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) clearly states that using chimney cleaning logs can never take the place of CSIA-certified chimney sweeps cleaning your chimney. Our staff at All American Chimney Service, LLC has been asked by our customers about chimney cleaning logs, and we would like to tell you more about them and why they are no substitute for a professional chimney cleaning.
What do chimney cleaning logs do?
A chemical product, chimney cleaning logs can remove some of the creosote accumulation from the interior of your chimney, but the safety of this product can be questionable. These logs are to be burned in a fireplace or stove and remove creosote through catalytic action.
What are the safety issues involved with chimney cleaning logs?
As these logs burn in your fireplace, pieces of creosote will fall off to potentially cause a chimney fire on their way down the chimney. These flakes of creosote end up landing on the smoke shelf, and this can also become a dangerous fire hazard. Creosote is highly flammable, which is why you need a professional chimney sweeping to have it completely removed from your chimney.
Why is a professional chimney sweeping so much better?
When you use chimney cleaning logs, they cannot remove every deposit of creosote from the interior walls of your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All American Chimney Service, LLC guarantee the total removal of creosote from your chimney. We do more than just removing creosote. We can take away any nesting materials left behind by birds or animals and other debris that could be blocking your chimney to prevent hazardous situations like chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks. We will also professionally inspect your chimney to look for any damage or other problems. This maintenance service is essential to ensure your fireplace and chimney work properly and safely.
If your chimney needs cleaning, don’t be fooled by the claims of chimney cleaning logs. Contact us at All American Chimney Service, LLC to schedule your annual professional chimney sweeping today.