One of the most devastating chimney-related events, a chimney fire can cause structural damage and destruction of homes as well as deaths and injuries. While a chimney fire can be very obvious with loud cracking noises and flames shooting out of the chimney, many chimney fires burn slowly without any dramatic signs. However, these slow-burning chimney fires are just as damaging to chimneys as well as to the combustible parts of homes. All American Chimney Service, LLC would like to share with you nine signs that you have had a chimney fire, along with how you can best prevent a chimney fire from occurring.
Signs You Have Had a Chimney Fire
If you suspect your home has experienced a chimney fire, contact us at All American Chimney Service for an inspection. We will look for these nine signs, as cited by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA):
- Creosote deposits that look like puffy honey combs
- Metal accessories, such as the damper and connector pipes, that have been warped
- Flue tiles that are collapsed, cracked, or are missing large pieces
- A chimney cap that is discolored or distorted
- A TV antenna attached to the chimney that is damaged by heat
- Flakes and pieces of creosote on the roof or ground
- Shingles and other roofing materials that have been damaged by hot creosote
- Cracks in the exterior of your masonry chimney
- Smoke escaping through the mortar joints of the masonry or tile liner
How can I prevent a chimney fire from happening in my chimney?
The CSIA states this very simply: “Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires. Clean chimneys don’t catch fire.” This is why an annual professional chimney sweeping is recommended. The biggest cause of chimney fires is creosote, a natural compound that is the result of the process of burning wood. The residue of the byproducts of combustion, creosote sticks to the interior walls of your chimney and can accumulate into large deposits. If your inner chimney reaches a high enough temperature, these deposits of creosote can easily ignite a devastating chimney fire. To best prevent a chimney fire, you should ensure these creosote deposits have been removed from your chimney during a professional sweeping. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All American Chimney Service, LLC will guarantee all creosote has been removed after we clean your chimney.
Keep your chimney from catching fire. Contact us at All American Chimney Service, LLC today to schedule a professional chimney sweeping to get rid of any flammable creosote deposits in your chimney.