Most people don’t clean their own chimneys. You may find most chimneys have never been cleaned at all. With a few chimney sweep tips, it can be simply be done. There are some safety precautions to consider as well.
Chimney Cleaning Tips
When To Clean Your Chimney
As a weatherizing method, a chimney should be cleaned yearly. Specifically right before use. However, it doesn’t hurt to check. It must be checked before starting a fire in the fireplace. Typically clean it with every 50 to 60 burns. This is sometimes once a year. Although, if you live in a colder climate it can be several times a year. An easy way to test it is with your fire poker. Scrape the side of the chimney. When the debris is 1/8 of an inch thick it is time to clean.
Sweeping Your Chimney
First of all, you should have experience. If you haven’t done this before, call for assistance. Many companies will assist you in sweep. Some will show you how to do it. Others will do it for you. In most cases, it is very affordable. Nevertheless, it is worth the safety of your home and family.
First, check your chimney cap. Chimney fires burn down more homes a year than anything else. Check for any damages to the chimney. Clear any debris and trim hanging trees. When the outside is secure, clean the fireplace. You should clear any ash and logs prior to cleaning. Dispose of the ash in a bag and then a box to prevent a mess. Use a wire brush to scrub burnt-on ash. Wipe down with a large sponge. After cleaning, replace the logs. You are now ready to start a fire. You need to always have someone with you. If an accident occurs you will have help.
Experienced or not, you may want to have help. For chimney sweep tips or to save yourself the cost of a mistake, contact us at 346-310-1341 . Or visit our website at www.greenairhomeservices.com/ . We are glad to help you make your home safer and warmer this winter. Call today to make an appointment.