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The Benefits of Regular Chimney Sweeping

Millions of homeowners in the US rely on chimneys to keep their homes warm and comfortable during winter. However, you need to maintain and clean the chimneys properly. Neglecting the fireplace and chimneys can cause you unnecessary stress and it can lead to property damage that requires thousands of dollars to fix. 

In this blog, we cover the many benefits of regular chimney sweeping in Plymouth, MN that help keep your home nice and comfortable throughout the year.


When you burn wood in your fireplace, some of the residue sticks to the masonry and flue inside the chimney in the form of creosote. This is a sticky, concentrated, and highly flammable substance. Even a small amount of creosote can start a chimney fire.

If you do not get it cleared, the creosote residue gets thicker and thicker, increasing the risk of fire the next time you get a good blaze going in the fireplace. Regular cleaning prevents this and improves the life of your chimney.

Longer Lifespan

Typically, a chimney can last for decades without the need for a replacement. However, there are cases where delayed cleaning resulted in the chimney giving out in less than 5 years.

Regular inspections and cleaning allow your technician to detect and fix any issues with the chimney. It also allows them to remove debris that might start to eat away at your flue over time. This can improve their lifespan significantly.

Fewer Smells

Your fireplace burns either gas or wood which can leave behind residue in the flue. That residue can and will start to smell the longer it is left untouched. Regular and thorough cleaning can help you get rid of such odors because it removes the source of the smell.

Get Rid of Animal Debris

Chimneys can become a tempting nesting place for animals. They are warm, dark, and sheltered spaces that provide protection and the ideal temperature. This is why birds, squirrels, raccoons, and even bats are known to occupy chimneys.

These animals leave a variety of debris from droppings, feathers, and fur to twigs, shells, seeds, and more. In some cases, animals can also get trapped in the chimneys, and end up, well, “giving up the ghost” before they get a chance to leave.

Regular inspections and cleaning ensure that your chimney is kept free of pests and the unwelcome debris they leave behind.

Improved Heating

Regular sweeping keeps the chimney clean and free from blockages. This allows for better airflow and helps the wood in your fireplace burn more efficiently and thoroughly. 

If you have not had your chimney cleaned in a while, you will need to burn more wood or fuel to warm up your home. Not only will it cost you more, but it is also bad for the environment.

If you want to get the best output from your chimney, prolong its life, and use it safely, then call a reliable chimney sweeping service today.

Get in touch with 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., one of the best chimney sweeping providers around. Contact us today!

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