We install stainless steel multiple
flue caps as well as single flue caps.
This is in West Chester, Pa.
Along with annual inspections, regular chimney cleaning is among the most important things
you can do to protect your family and your home from chimney fires.
A warm crackling fire is the perfect centerpiece to a family gathering or even just a quiet
evening with your loved ones. Every fireplace or furnace has its own exhaust system, called a
flue, which ensures that all the products of combustion are safely vented out of your house.
But overtime, the soot and creosote can build up inside your chimney’s flue system. These
materials are essentially enriched fuel similar to charcoal or coke. Contrary to popular belief,
creosote and soot rarely builds up to the point where the chimney has problems venting.
Rather, the problem lies with a structure designed for high levels of airflow and filled with an
Can you name another such structure? If you answered blast furnace, you’d be right. That’s
why chimney fires can burn at such extremely high temperatures – over 2000 degrees
Fahrenheit. These temperatures are much higher than masonry or steel chimney is designed
We mentioned earlier that it is rare to see a chimney so dirty as to create a clog that prevents
venting. This is because the creosote almost always ignites and burns away before it can get
to this stage. Every time a fire is burned with a certain amount of buildup in the flue (typically
⅛ inch), it will either ignite and cause a chimney fire, or add more flammable, increasing the
risk of a chimney fire the next time. Without regular chimney cleaning, sooner or later,
chimney fires are inevitable.
While chimney fires can and do cause home fires that damage or destroy the home, chimneys
are designed with certain safety features to help protect your home from chimney fires. Terra
cotta liner systems and brick chimneys are designed to contain fires and insulate them,
absorbing much of the heat and keeping it away from the combustible elements of the home.
But chimney fires can do massive damage to those very systems, resulting in thousands of
dollars of damage. Thermal shock from the extreme heat of a chimney fire cracks the clay
liners and mortar joints, and even stainless steel can be chemically altered and destroyed by
such extreme temperatures.
When chimney systems are not kept up to proper standards, even regular cleaning may not
be enough. If a chimney liner has cracked flues or missing mortar, creosote can start to build
up outside of the flue system, where it cannot be cleaned out. Not only does this increase the
risk of a fire, but it also means that the system cannot properly protect your home from the
heat of a fire when it does happen. That’s why every chimney cleaning comes with a full,
certified inspection of your entire chimney and flue system.
There is no such thing as a “safe” chimney. But of the home fires that started from a chimney
or heating system, 98% came from chimneys that had not been swept or were in sub-
standard condition. That means if you don’t have your chimney inspected and cleaned
regularly, you could be putting yourself at 50 times higher risk! If you’re like us, home and
family are the most important things you have. Don’t put them at risk. Schedule your chimney
cleaning and inspection today.
We are fully licensed and insured for your protection. We offer lifetime warranties on all
chimney caps and liners.
Contact Safe-T-Sweep Chimney Cleaners today at 610 304-2400 for your free relining
estimate, or browse our website for more information about us or testimonials