by Karen Bates
(last updated November 7, 2016)
Many people enjoy sitting by a warm fire during the cold months, and having a fireplace in your home is a great way to keep your living space at a comfortable temperature. There's nothing quite like having a real fire going in the fireplace to help you relax and stay warm in the winter, and even though a fireplace means some amount of upkeep and safety considerations, many people find it worthwhile to have and use one.
Although it can be easy to overlook it sometimes, if you use the fireplace in your home then you also need to consider maintaining it so that it can continue to work properly. Most importantly, if you don't take care of the chimney you may be putting your home at risk of fire hazard. The solution to this is cleaning the chimney regularly, depending on how often you use it.
Cleaning a chimney involves certain cleaning methods, tools, and knowledge. While you may choose to take on this task on your own, you may be better off having someone else do it. Chimney cleaners, or chimney sweeps, can take care of the task of cleaning out your chimney in a thorough and professional way. These qualified technicians have plenty of experience and the correct tools to make the job go smoothly.
Before you decide on a cleaning, you can have a chimney cleaner come to take a look at your chimney situation. A chimney cleaner can inspect your chimney and tell you what kind of condition it is in. Although a basic inspection may take place during a cleaning, you may wand a more thorough examination if your chimney is older or hasn't been used in a while.
A good chimney cleaner will start the cleaning process by preventing messes from occurring. Because cleaning a chimney is a dirty job, cleaning technicians should lay drop cloths down inside your home to protect the interior from dust and soot. Once this has been done, the chimney cleaner will perform the cleaning process.
The cleaner will either clean the chimney working from your roof or from the inside of your home, depending on the specific needs of your chimney type. The cleaner will use certain tools to do the job, such as a chimney brush and vacuum, to loosen and remove ash, soot, and creosote from the inside of the chimney. Chimney sweeps may also offer other services, such as chimney repair or chimney lining, that you may want to take advantage of.
Prices and services vary depending on the cleaning company, so the best thing to do is do some research and call around beforehand. After comparing different chimney sweeps, you can make the right decision.
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