by Julia Woodbury
(last updated June 12, 2017)
Since professional chimney sweeps charge upwards of $100 to clean your chimney, save your money and do the job yourself. While your initial cash outlay for equipment will be about $150, it is a wise investment. Some of the equipment you will need to clean your chimney includes brushes and rods, tarps or covers, and elbow grease. The most difficult part of cleaning your chimney is getting the ladder out and setting it up. Follow these guidelines to clean your chimney and keep it free of dangerous, combustible creosote:
Take care not to over tighten the screws when you replace the chimney cap, as you could crack the flue tiles, resulting in very costly repairs. Make absolutely certain that you wait at least five days after a fire has been kindled in your fireplace before you attempt to clean your chimney.
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