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Fire Damage Restoration in Hackensack, NJ and the Importance of Preventing Creosote Build-Up to Avoid Fireplace Fires

February 25th, 2016 · No Comments

The risk of fireplace fires is quite high in the winter months. If your Hackensack, NJ home has been affected by this type of fire, your first task should be to contact an agency that provides fire damage restoration services in the northern New Jersey area. The main cause of fireplace fires is creosote build-up. Let’s look at some of the ways creosote can build up so that you can take the necessary steps and prevent such fires.

 Creosote Build-Up = Cause for Concern

 By-Products of Fire + Condensation = Creosote

Fireplaces are designed to safely burn and contain fires, and at the same time, to provide you with the necessary warmth during the cold winter months.

Chimneys have the task of releasing the by-products of fire, which are the substances that are produced when wood burns.

These substances include water vapor, smoke, un-burned wood particles, gases, tar fog, hydrocarbons, and other assorted minerals. These substances leave the fireplace and start flowing up into the much cooler chimney, which results in condensation.

The resulting residue that builds up on the chimney’s inner walls is known as creosote. It is generally brown or black in appearance and can take different forms—anything from sticky and drippy or tar like to flaky and crusty or hardened and shiny.

Whatever form it takes, creosote is always highly combustible. When there is sufficient build-up and high enough internal flue temperature, it could easily start a chimney fire.

 What Facilitates Creosote Build-Up?

The specific conditions that facilitate creosote build-up include:

  • The use of unseasoned wood
  • Restricted air supply
  • A chimney temperature that is cooler than normal

Normally, the air supply becomes restricted if the damper is not opened wide enough, if the glass door is closed, or if there is an insufficient amount of air to quickly move the heated smoke through the chimney.

It’s worth mentioning here that the more time smoke remains inside the flue, the higher the chances of creosote build-up.

 How to Prevent Creosote Build-Up

 Use Seasoned Wood and Allow Proper Air Supply

One of the things you can do to prevent a creosote build-up is to burn only seasoned wood.

Burning unseasoned wood requires more energy to drive off the water in the logs, which results in smoke that is much cooler. Cooler smoke in turn aids the build-up of creosote on the chimney flue walls.

If your home has already suffered a fireplace fire and you’re looking for a firm that offers fire damage restoration in Hackensack, NJ and across northern New Jersey, you should contact us at ServiceMaster Metropolitan.

Our vast experience, required certifications, necessary equipment, and trained professionals who can take on restoration work of any scale and complete it within a short period of time give us a leading edge over our competition.

Just give us a call at our emergency contact number –1.855.560.7999 – and our technicians will reach your home to check the extent of the damage and start work.

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