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The home inspector from Pacific Coast Inspections, Inc. was using his flashlight to peer inside the 20 year old fireplace.chimney creosote pleasanton

To his amazement, the light was reflecting back and glistening in the chimney flue… a sign of creosote buildup. The spark arrestor/raincap assembly at the top of the chimney was also coated in creosote.

Creosote is a combustible deposit that originates from condensed wood smoke in a cool chimney. It’s a natural by-product of burning wood. In time this creosote buildup hardens in a chimney. What’s the danger in this?

Well sometimes this creosote catches on fire. The smokiest fires and the coolest chimneys produce the greatest amount of build-up. With a heavy build up of creosote in your chimney, a small fire can turn large in moments.

The experienced Pacific Coast Inspections. Inc. home inspectors are well trained to identify the condition of fireplaces and chimneys, and are always at the top of their game.

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