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Do I Need to Have My Chimney Cleaned?

You Could Have a Chimney Fire!

While you and your family lounge by the fireplace enjoying it's warm glow of the flames; the last thing you are thinking about is a chimney fire.  But, If you haven't had your chimney cleaned and inspected in the last year, you should be.

Chimney fires are one of the leading causes of home fires!

Creosote build-up in the chimney flue.
Creosote build-up in the chimney flue.

What Causes a Chimney Fire?

When you burn in your fireplace, over time a sticky substance called creosote builds up on the inside of your chimney.  You need a trained chimney sweep with his chimney cleaning tools and chimney cleaning brush to remove the built up creosote.  Creosote is highly flammable and can cause a chimney fire which will damage the chimney, destroy homes and injure or kill people.  

Owner, Adam doing what he loves.  Cleaning one of our Regular's in the St. Croix River Valley, MN
Owner, Adam doing what he loves. Cleaning one of our Regular's in the St. Croix River Valley, MN

Chimney Fires Can Be Prevented!

Not every chimney cleaning is a Custom Cleaning.  When CMC performs a cleaning we go out on top of the roof and start at the very top of the chimney with our chimney brush and rods; from up there we are able to give the crown, bricks, mortar, flashing and cap a good inspection.  Then we finish up the cleaning on the inside of your home from the fireplace, all the way to the very bottom using our high power hepa filter vacuum, and never ever do we leave any mess behind. 

With our Superior Service and Expertise you will be able to enjoy the winter season with your family by the fireplace.

Chimney fire seen coming out the top of the chimney.
Chimney fire seen coming out the top of the chimney.

Chimney Fires Have Been Described as:

  • Loud popping and crackling noise coming from your chimney.
  • Dense smoke from the fireplace or chimney.
  • Intense heat and a hot smell.


Chimney fires burn hot and explosively.  They can create so much noisy that someone outside the home may hear the sound and see the flames and smoke shooting from the top of the chimney.   But not all Chimney fires will give these warning signs.  Many chimney fires go completely unnoticed and it only takes minutes for a chimney fire to turn ugly.  


Chimney Fire
Chimney Fire

"Chimney Fires: Causes, Effects & Evaluation"

If you would like to learn more, you can download an informative publication on Chimney Fires below.  It was prepared by Chimney Safety Institute of America & the Chimney Fire Education and Research Task Force. 

"CSIA provides continuing public education programs and programs designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of individuals in government, fire service, the insurance industry, and other related groups and organizations."

"Chimney Fires: Causes, Effects & Evaluation"  ©Copyright 2007 by Chimney Safety Institute of America  The publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to:

  • CHAPTER 1: Identifies and defines relevant terminology.
  • CHAPTER 2: Chimney Fire is defined and sources and causes are identified.
  • CHAPTER 3: Thermal damage to clay flue lining is described.
  • CHAPTER 4:  A guide to the evaluation of chimney fire damage,  the importance verifying causes and effects of chimney fires and other possible causes of chimney damage. 
  • CHAPTER 5: Application of insurance to chimney fire damage.

Custom Masonry & Chimney & the publisher  are not engaged in rendering legal advice , if legal advice or similar assistance is required, the services of a competent legal professional should be sought.