The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) along with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and other fire safety organizations recommend homeowners to have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected yearly. This is to ensure top safety and efficiency of your system. The most common hazard found inside your chimney is creosote, which is highly flammable.
Named by the CSIA as a leading cause of chimney fires, creosote is very bad news. This is especially true when the formation of the creosote reaches level 3. Level 3 creosote is really tough to remove, you need to hire a chimney professional with experience and training for its removal. Luckily, All American Chimney Service is here to help the folks in the Louisville area. Since 2006, we have been providing the best professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services. Let our professionals help you with your most stubborn level 3 creosote!
What is level 3 creosote and how did it get in my chimney?
Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood. Creosote sticks to the inner chimney walls and accumulates into large deposits. The level and texture of creosote vary depending on the stages. It is velvety in the first stage, and it is crunchy in level 2. While in the most serious level level stage, it is slick and hardened.
When a chimney is not swept for many years, creosote form and pile on overtime. This evolves into the third level as its layers accumulate on top of each other, but it can also begin in its most advanced stage when incomplete combustion happens. If you are not burning seasoned firewood or have a lack of air supply, the temperatures inside your chimney is cool enough for the formation of level 3 creosote also.
How does All American Chimney Service remove level 3 creosote?
When creosote is in the third and most serious stage, it is slick and hardened. When it is at level 3, it is really hard to remove with traditional chimney sweeping brushes. To eliminate glazed creosote, All American Chimney Service uses a specialized cleaning product, Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR), which is manufactured by ChimneySaver, a trusted company and leader in chimney protection.
We apply PCR to the affected areas of your chimney with a brush, sprayer, or a specially designed tool which can move up and down the flue. Once we apply PCR, it begins to absorb the creosote. When the product has dried, creosote then flake and fall off the chimney walls. What is left behind can easily be removed with traditional sweeping techniques. You can trust us to ensure every bit of creosote is cleared from your chimney to protect your family.
Is there a dangerous fire hazard lurking in your chimney? Contact us today at All American Chimney Service to schedule an appointment for our professional level 3 creosote removal services!