Stage 3 creosote, also known as glazed creosote, is creosote that is shiny, hardened, and extremely difficult to remove. If your sweep discovers stage 3 creosote in your chimney, they may suggest some intensive treatments to clear it. For high-quality care, you can depend on Winston’s Chimney Service for your creosote removal needs.
Dangers Of Creosote
Creosote, in general, is dangerous to have in your chimney, and level 3 creosote is especially threatening. This debris throughout your flue and brickwork can be damaging to the structure, and it is highly flammable. Flammable material stuck to the chimney liner will naturally increase your risk of experiencing a chimney fire.
What is a chimney fire? Well, typically a fire burns inside of your firebox, sending fumes and smoke up and out through the chimney. In the event of a chimney fire, the fire itself will work its way up your chimney. This damages your structure and causes your brickwork and mortar to deteriorate.
If your system has undergone a chimney fire, it is important that you do not use it until it has been inspected and repaired by a certified chimney sweep. Using a system that has experienced this type of damage could put you at risk for house fires, carbon monoxide exposure, smoke pouring into your home, and more.
Unfortunately, a good majority of people will not even realize they have had a chimney fire. In these cases, the homeowner will continue to put their system to use, not realizing they are putting their entire home and family at risk. If you are concerned about the state of your fireplace or chimney, call our team for an inspection right away
Causes Of Glazed Creosote
The faster the creosote forms in your chimney, the more likely it is that is will harden into glazed creosote. You can minimize accumulation by burning only well-seasoned wood in your fireplace, ensuring you have good airflow, and by not burning at lower than normal temperatures. It is also advised to avoid overloading the firebox. Many attempt this to get a longer burn, but it can negatively impact the overall health of your system.
If you want to make certain your wood is seasoned properly and ready for use, your best bet is to season it yourself. Cut the wood to shorter lengths to speed up drying time, and split the ends, as well. Store it for at least six months, and keep it off the ground throughout this process. You can cover the top of the pile to keep out rain and snow, but leave the sides open to ensure the wood gets adequate airflow and sunshine.
Don’t Wait – Call On Our Team
When it comes to chimney care in Northern Virginia, we feel that we can provide you with the highest levels of satisfaction and care possible. You deserve the best, so work with our team from here on out to get everything you are looking for and more. Our sweeps are ready to set up an appointment with you today.