Both fireplaces and wood burning stoves need to be kept clean and free of obstructions to keep them in well-working order and safe. By removing harmful by-products from fire that build up in a chimney, such as highly flammable creosote, the chance of a chimney fire and smoke/gases leeching into the living space. Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once per year, but may need more frequent cleaning depending on how often it is used. If you ever notice build-up in the chimney or a glazed creosote finish have the chimney inspected immediately to avoid the risk of smoke damage or house fire.
Creosote naturally occurs from burning wood. As cool smoke rises through a chimney the residue condenses on the interior walls, creating black, oily creosote. This substance is a problem because it is highly flammable and can become a couple inches thick if not cleaned out properly. This build-up can cause smoke to leak into the living space or a chimney fire; creosote is the number one cause of chimney fires. The removal of creosote depends on the length of time it has been there. Fresh creosote can be brushed away, while creosote that has built-up requires the use of chemicals to dissolve the hardened substance away.
Alpine Exteriors offers full chimney inspections to check for cracks and leaks that may cause the chimney to under-perform. We realize that attention to detail is of the utmost importance when it comes to chimney inspections to avoid major disasters.
We can help you with storm damage and cracks in the structure or plaster to ensure the chimney is performing perfectly. Alpine Exteriors ensures that any risk is corrected with care to prevent any issues.
Chimney caps are an important component to chimney health that are often overlooked. These caps prevent any moisture from entering the interior of the chimney and causing it to rapidly deteriorate. In order to prevent an unnecessary chimney replacement and further expenses, we always recommend chimney caps to Alberta residents.
When smoke enters the living space of a home, it poses a threat to the health of the occupants and potential smoke damage. There are many reasons for smoke to spill from a chimney and Alpine Exteriors has vast experience that will help identify the problem quickly and correct it.