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The Dangers of Chimney Sweeping Logs

You may have seen chimney sweeping logs, a product that claims to reduce and remove the amount of creosote that builds up on the inner walls of your chimney. Seeing that these chimney sweeping logs cost much less than a professional chimney sweeping, you may have thought that you could save money by using this product. If they can remove creosote, your chimney should be safe to use. However, All Seasons Chimney would like to warn you against using chimney sweeping logs as they do not work sufficiently and can pose potential dangers. We would like to tell you more about this product by sharing with you some information from the Washington Public Fire Educators Association.

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What are chimney sweeping logs?

The manufacturer of this product claims that specially developed minerals in chimney sweeping logs will reduce deposits of tar and creosote to prevent chimney fires. To use one of these logs, you place it in the firebox and burn it for one hour. The website for these chimney sweeping logs states that burning one of these logs will reduce creosote buildup by 60%.

Are these claims true?

While chimney sweeping logs do remove some of the creosote that has accumulated in your chimney, the claims are very misleading. In no way can these logs take the place of a professional chimney sweeping. There is also no mention of the potential dangers that can occur when you use this product.

What are the dangers that could occur when you use chimney sweeping logs?

When a chimney sweeping log is burning in your fireplace or stove, it causes the creosote that has built up on the inner walls of your chimney to flake off and fall down the chimney. Since creosote is highly flammable, these flakes of creosote could ignite on the way down the chimney and start a chimney fire. If the pieces of creosote do not ignite, they just land on the smoke shelf where they gather with other pieces of creosote to form another fire hazard.

Why are chimney sweeping logs not a valid substitute for a professional chimney sweeping?

Not only could chimney sweeping logs possibly ignite a chimney fire, but they do not remove all of the creosote from your chimney. The certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney guarantee to remove every single bit of creosote from your chimney. Our sweeps will also inspect your chimney to be sure there is no damage that needs repairing. They will also check to see if anything like bird and animal nests and other debris are blocking your chimney.

If you need your chimney cleaned, do not fall for the claims of chimney sweeping logs. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for a professional chimney sweeping today.

The Importance of Chimney Caps

Consider this: without a chimney cap installed at the top of your chimney, your home has a hole on the roof. Thinking about a chimney cap in this way illustrates just how important this chimney component is. However, All Seasons Chimney regularly sees chimneys without caps and chimneys with damaged caps, so we thought we would tell you exactly why chimney caps are so important to keep your chimney working efficiently and safely.

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Protection From Weather

The most important function of a chimney cap is to prevent water from rain and melted snow from getting into your chimney. You may have heard us quote the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) by saying that water is the biggest enemy of a masonry chimney. If water enters your chimney, the bricks and mortar will absorb it, and this can lead to structural problems. During the winter, the water trapped inside the masonry materials of your chimney will freeze and expand. When this water begins to thaw out, it can create cracks and breaking in the bricks and mortar. This type of damage left unrepaired can cause tilting and leaning of the chimney and possibly even lead to a collapsed chimney. Protecting your chimney from water penetration with a chimney cap is one of the least expensive steps you can take as a homeowner.

Protection From Animals and Birds

If you have had trouble with birds or animals entering your chimney, you should consider installing a chimney cap with mesh metal siding to keep them from being able to get inside. When the temperature drops in the winter, birds and animals look for a warm, safe place to nest, and your chimney could be the perfect spot. These critters can cause expensive damage to the interior walls of your chimney, and their nesting materials can block the exit of your chimney, which can lead to a chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Prevent birds and animals from being able to enter your chimney with the professional installation of a chimney cap.

Protection From Accidental Fires

That mesh metal siding that keeps birds and animals out of chimneys serves another purpose: preventing hot sparks and burning embers from jumping out of the chimney to land on the roof or in your yard and ignite an accidental fire. Also known as a spark arrestor, a chimney cap with mesh metal sides can go a long way in reducing the risk of accidental fires on your roof and in your yard.

If you need a new chimney cap, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. We can help you find the perfect cap or create a custom cap that we will install on top of your chimney to give you the ultimate protection against water penetration, animal invasion, and accidental fires.