For those homeowners who have a wood fuel burning fireplace it is highly encouraged that you maintain a clear chimney annually by hiring a qualified, professional, licensed chimney sweep to inspect the chimney and upon further evaluation they will clean the fireplace and chimney system to keep it safe and operable. Through out time burning organic wood fuels will generate creosote a substance that attaches to the side walls of the chimney stack as the smoke rises and exits out to the exterior. If the creosote is allowed to build up within the chimney stack it can block smoke from exhausting out and can ignite within the chimney stack creating a roof top fire condition. Obviously this is a safety hazard and must be taken very seriously. A proper home inspection will help to identify if you need the service of a chimney sweep.
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