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The Importance of Chimney Cleaning

Though chimney cleaning is recommended twice a year, many home owners neglect it because it is dirty and very involved. This home improvement task is essential, though, if you use your fireplace regularly. 

Chimney cleaning is necessary for both health and safety reasons. Cleaning your chimney on a regular basis you will help to keep your home free of allergens. The build up of dirt and creosote will also be prevented. Dirt can block your chimney’s flue, causing smoke to back up into your home and make your fireplace noxious. Excessive creosote can potentially ignite and cause an uncontrolled fire.

Regular maintenance of your chimney will also prevent water from enter your home and causing damage. Cracks in your chimney’s liner can lead to discolouration of your chimney’s exterior and let smoke and odour to enter your home. These can be prevented with regular maintenance. You may want your chimney liner inspected and replaced. 

The first step of chimney cleaning is to schedule an annual inspection of your chimney. It would be advisable to schedule the inspection for Halloween. Doing so will let you approach the fall and winter wood burning season with confidence that your chimney is prepared for the coming cold weather. In cold areas, though, you may have to schedule your inspection earlier since they are in heavy demand at that time of year.

The second step is arranging for the cleaning of your chimney. It is possible to obtain the tools and supplies you need to clean your chimney yourself, but cleaning it 100% can be difficult. Hiring professional chimney sweeps that are equipped and trained for the task is a good idea. They are experienced with working indoors and maintaining the cleanliness of your house and remove creosote deposits in your system.

A yearly inspection will reveal your chimney’s condition and a professional chimney sweep can take care of it.