soot or creosote on chimney exterior?
Any ideas for how clean off the soot in the first place? Ideally I could clean the top of the vertical pipe and the pan, that would reduce the soot running off the stucco anyway.
Have talked to a contractor about this. The pan has to be replaced anyway, and he will put in a new one with slightly larger overhang to help reduce the washing down onto the stucco. But I would like some advice about the soot and trying to prevent it or clean it up in the first place.
Contactor offered to paint the vertical pipe, that would give us a fresh start there, but should I ask for a specific kind of paint? If it is painted I need to be able to clean it off anyway?
I could ask the contractor to also replace the top cap, but I don't know how much this will help the soot / creosote problem. Cap is ...»