Sweep - Why A Clean Chimney Can Be A Life And Death
Having a fireplace can be one of life's simple
pleasures. Who doesn't like sitting next to the open fire with
friends and family? Along with having a fireplace comes the
matter of keeping the chimney clean with a chimney sweep. But
what is it and why is it so important?
Did you know that the leading cause of house fires that have
fireplaces in them is a chimney fire? Far too many people die
needlessly every year because of a fire that started in a dirty
chimney. This is why it's vital to have a chimney sweep every
year or at least every 2 years.
What is a chimney
Chimney sweeping is basically taking a brush and sweeping
the sides of your chimney from the top all the way down to the
A chimney sweep will break off materials that have built up
on the sides of your chimney. When wood burns, it gives off
various by products during the burning process. These by
products create the black soot you see on the inside of your
chimney. This layer of soot is extremely flammable and has to
be cleaned out.
Can I do it
Yes, it is possible for you to clean your chimney yourself,
but there are risks involved.
Safety is the most important consideration. You will be
climbing ladders, going on steep roofs and trying to work
through tall chimneys. This job isn't for everyone, that's for
Add to this the fact you will get plenty dirty and will need
to buy the equipment and you can see that hiring a professional
chimney sweep may be your best bet.
A chimney cleaning company has the right equipment and knows
fireplaces inside out. Plus, it is not overly expensive to have
Regardless of whichever route you take; be sure to have your
fireplace cleaned on a regular basis. A chimney sweep may just
save you from a potential disaster.