Having your chimney serviced once or twice a year improves the quality of air in your home, and gets rid of creosote and other harmful debris. Your chimney sweep can provide you feedback on how your fireplace has been functioning, and will suggest operating tips to improve its performance. A chimney free of debris lets you enjoy your fireplace without worry. Making an appointment before the autumn months is best practice. Call us to book yours.
Chimney sweeps are certified technicians who have an array of equipment used to clean the inside of your chimney and flue of a wood burning fireplace or wood stove. Over time, a chimney can get clogged with debris and gunk and even creosote. Creosote is a thick, hard coating of toxic debris that is created when wood, fossil fuel or tar is burned. It needs to be removed to ensure your safety when lighting a fire.
Chimney sweeps use long rods with a heavy metal bristle structure around the tip; it sort of looks like a giant bottle brush. The chimney sweep should lay down a drop cloth or plastic to protect your home, use a shop-vac to keep dust levels down, and wear a mask and goggles in order to keep dust and debris out of their eyes and nose. They either start from the flue and work their way up the chimney, or start on the roof and work their way down; or sometimes even both. Their goal is to scrape all the coating that has built up from fires off of the chimney lining so that it falls down the chimney to be vacuumed and swept away.
Prepare for a chimney sweep’s visit by making sure that the fireplace is easily accessible. Move any furniture and decor out of the way, you may also want to cover it, just in case. You should also make sure that access to the chimney is clear so that the sweep can do their job. Chimney sweeps are interested in your home and your personal safety. If you have questions about your fireplace and fireplace safety, they are an excellent resource, so feel free to ask questions when they arrive.