Creosote Is A Serious Threat, But We’ll Remove It Fast

Anytime you burn wood, byproducts are produced and carried off in the smoke. But as the chimney flue cools, the smoke can settle on the walls of the chimney liner and smoke chamber, leaving behind creosote.

As it hardens on the walls, this highly flammable, highly destructive byproduct can significantly increase your fire risk and eat away at the metal and masonry components inside your chimney.

Close up view of built up creosote in a flue pipe

How Is Creosote Removed?

The longer the creosote sits and the more it’s allowed to build up, layer by layer, the harder it is to remove. In fact, level three or third-degree glazed creosote (creosote that’s tacky, tar-like, crusty, sticky, and shiny) can’t be removed with normal chimney sweeping methods. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it…

Here at Sweeps & Ladders Chimney Service, we’re proud to use Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR), the most effective creosote removal product available.

Step 1: We apply the product to the creosote.

Step 2: The PCR starts breaking down and absorbing the glazed creosote.

Step 3: The product dries, falling off of the flue walls and smoke chamber walls, taking creosote down with it.

Step 4: We remove any remaining residue.

Creosote Cleaning

Pipe full of creosote

Creosote Removal

Creosote Removal - Creosote laying in the yard outside a small door.

Creosote Before

Sweeps and Ladders - Creosote Before

Creosote After

Chimney after creosote clean-up.

It’s as easy and fast as that! No dangerous and awful-smelling chemicals. No abrasive methods that could damage the chimney system. Just real results.

Want Creosote Gone? Call Sweeps & Ladders Chimney Service Today

Creosote is corrosive, it negatively impacts appliance performance, and it can easily spark a house fire. Don’t let it keep you from safely enjoying your fireplace — call Sweeps & Ladders Chimney Service at 615-791-7457 or click here to request an appointment online and we’ll take care of it for you. No mess — guaranteed!

Want to prevent future creosote buildup? Make sure you only burn wood that has been properly seasoned and always open your damper fully before lighting a fire. Warming up the flue with a lit newspaper can help, too! For more tips, give us a call!


Our chimney sweeping services can’t be beat, so call on our chimney and fireplace services specialists today.

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