What is Creosote?
Creosote is a combination of wood particles and vapors that have dried to become semi-solid. It forms in chimneys as a result of incomplete combustion or because of too much moisture in the wood used for burning.
Creosote is dangerous to breathe in and can cause chimney fires. If you begin to smell a campfire-like smell in your home, this is a sign that there is creosote in your chimney. Other signs include black soot staining around your fireplace, poor draft, or dark smoke exiting your chimney.
If you suspect that there is creosote build up in your fireplace, call a professional immediately. We are a full service chimney company that has been serving the Boston and Greater Boston area since 1989. Click here to schedule an appointment with us today!
About Level 3 Creosote
There are three levels of creosote. The first two levels of creosote are easier to remove than level 3 creosote. As the phases progress, creosote becomes a more serious problem. Check out our creosote buildup guide for more details on each of the phases of creosote.
Level 3 creosote, also called glazed creosote, is an extremely dense and sometimes sticky layer that is similar to tar. It is made up of layers of creosote that have formed and hardened over one another. It is considered a serious fire hazard and is challenging to remove.
How to Remove Glazed Creosote from Your Chimney
Though level 1 creosote can be removed using a chimney brush, it is essential to call a professional to remove level 3 creosote from your chimney.
At Boston’s Best Chimney, we spray an industrial grade creosote remover into the flue saturating the area. This product remains in the chimney for 3-5 days to allow the chemical reaction to happen breaking down the creosote compound into a flaky and brushable substance.
Prevent Creosote Build Up
There are several steps that you can take to prevent creosote buildup. The most important step is to have your chimney inspected and swept annually. First you must find a chimney sweep and service company that you can trust with your home’s safety. At Boston’s Best chimney, all of our technicians are trained and certified. We recommend ensuring that whichever chimney company that you go with has a certification and are local.
Boston Area Creosote Removal
If you live in the Boston or Greater Boston area and would like help with your creosote problem, or are looking for another chimney service, we are here to serve you! Click here or call us at (781) 893-6611 to schedule a free estimate or an inspection.