If your family doesn’t use the wood burning fireplace as much as you used to, you may feel there is no reason to have it swept.
As it turns out, 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 that could otherwise start a fire in your home while you sleep.
Your chimney sweep can provide 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.
Book your chimney sweeping service in the spring, when you’re finished using the fireplace for a while, rather than the fall, when we experience a rush of customers eager to get the first fire of the season going.
Why pay for chimney sweeping?
Chimney sweeps are certified technicians equipped to clean the inside of your chimney and the flue of a wood burning fireplace or wood stove.
Over time, a chimney can get clogged with debris and creosote (a concentrated, flammable substance responsible for hundreds of home fires in North America every year). A chimney sweep gets rid of this gunk, removing the threat of an unexpected and dangerous fire starting in your chimney.
What to expect in a chimney sweep visit
Chimney sweeps use long rods with heavy metal bristles around the tip.
Your chimney sweep will:
- Bring a drop cloth or plastic sheet to protect your home
- Use a shop-vac to keep dust levels down
- Wear a mask and goggles to keep dust and debris out of their eyes and nose.
They start from the flue and work their way up the chimney, or start on the roof and work their way down, depending on the current state of your fireplace. Their goal is to scrape all the coating that has built up from fires off of the chimney lining so it falls down the chimney to be vacuumed and swept away.
How to get ready for a chimney sweep visit
Prepare for a chimney sweep’s visit by making sure the fireplace is easily accessible, and cold. Heat stays in the chimney a long time after your fire is out, and the chimney sweep can’t do the job safely if any heat remains.
Move any furniture and decor out of the way and cover it with tarp, blankets or anything you can remove and wash. You should also make sure that access to the chimney is clear.
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.
Right now you can book an end-of-season chimney sweep for just $100, taxes in. A small price to pay to ensure your chimney is safe for use the moment you want next fall.