You may have heard before that cleaning out the chimney from time to time is an important part of home maintenance. And it is—just like clearing the gutters and changing air filters. It should be done annually because failing to clean the chimney can lead to a major fire hazard.
The Importance of Clearing Out Creosote
Creosote is a flammable substance that forms naturally during the combustion process. Certain steps like ensuring a proper draft and only using seasoned wood can help to slow the development of creosote. But some level of this substance will get into your chimney no matter what.
With enough creosote in the chimney, it’s a lot more likely that a chimney fire could ignite and spread. That’s why you need to ensure the creosote is cleaned out, as is any other debris in the chimney, before you plan to use it.
Why You Should Only Call Professionals
When you realize it’s time to clean out your chimney, you must call in professional chimney sweeps. First, the job is rather difficult. To clean out a chimney, you need more than a brush and a ladder. Flexible, long-handled chimney brushes are used during the process, but there are many other steps as well.
Professional chimney sweeps have a number of tools at their disposal to both clean and inspect the chimney. A good chimney sweep would not clean your chimney without also providing a thorough inspection.
Video and scanning equipment may be used to get a good look inside of the chimney. A professional chimney sweep knows what to look for when inspecting a chimney, and will be able to tell you what steps to take afterwards. They will use a variety of brushes and even power sweeping and vacuuming equipment to get dirt and creosote out of the chimney and fireplace. You should always trust a professional!
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. provides chimney cleaning in St. Paul, MN from professional chimney sweeps. Call our friendly team today!