The U.S. Fire Administration reports that an estimated 25,000 fires and 30 deaths yearly are attributed to chimney fires. Chimney fires can occur as a result of creosote deposits in your chimney. Creosote is the build up of residue that is formed as a burning fire exhausts through your chimney to cooler air creating condensation and ultimately sticking to the lining walls of your chimney. Creosote is extremely flammable and a sufficient build up can lead to a chimney fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard states that a home’s chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once yearly. It is recommended that fireplaces and its chimney be cleaned as needed depending on frequency of use but cleanings should not exceed a two year period.
A complete chimney sweeping includes the chimney flue and smoke chamber. As Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) members and Certified Chimney Sweeps, Cunningham will inspect and clean your home’s chimneys for safe use. For expert cleaning and care of your chimney, See Commercial Chimney Cleaning or Residential Chimney Cleaning.