Holy Smokes!!!

We recommend that you have a licensed chimney contractor service your active fireplace(s) annually. When you burn wood or fossil fuels, your goal is to burn them as completely as possible. However, if the airflow to your fire isn’t adequate, it essentially starves the fire – leading to incomplete combustion. When the oils in the wood aren’t completely burned, they off-gas as volatiles and travel up through the smoke. The smoke cools as it rises, and ultimately condenses with water and other chemicals on the interior of your chimney and flue. This residue is called creosote. Creosote is not just a fire hazard but also an indoor air quality problem as this is a highly toxic substance that has been linked to cancer.

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InterNACHI® – the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – is the world’s largest inspection trade association. Based in the United States, InterNACHI® is both non-profit and federally tax-exempt, and operates in 65 different countries and nine languages. InterNACHI® is the inspection industry’s largest provider of education and training. The InterNACHI® School is the only home inspector training organization accredited by the U.S. Dept. of Education, and its courses have earned more than 1,400 other governmental approvals and accreditations.  

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