The Scoop on Fireplaces, Part III

Where there’s soot, there may soon be fire. Professional chimney cleaners say any soot deposits more than a quarter-inch thick present a fire hazard.

The soot, called creosote, is one of the top reasons for the thousands of fires involving fireplaces each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Creosote is flammable and should be cleaned out annually if the fireplace is used very much. Find a National Chimney Sweep Guild Certified chimney sweep.

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Todd Thuss

I am an electrical engineer with 30 years of design experience and was born into a construction family. I have 25 years of hands-on construction and remodeling experience. I am a home inspector, licensed in both AL and TN and enjoy helping people understanding and maintaining their homes.

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