Why a Clean Chimney Can be a Life and Death Matter

By: Terry Edwards

Having a fireplace can be one of life's simple pleasures. Who doesn't like sitting next to the open fire with friends and family? Along with having a fireplace comes the matter of keeping the chimney clean with a chimney sweep. But what is it and why is it so important?

Did you know that the leading cause of house fires that have fireplaces in them is a chimney fire? Far too many people die needlessly every year because of a fire that started in a dirty chimney. This is why it's vital to have a chimney sweep every year or at least every 2 years.

What is a chimney sweep?

Chimney sweeping is basically taking a brush and sweeping the sides of your chimney from the top all the way down to the bottom.

A chimney sweep will break off materials that have built up on the sides of your chimney. When wood burns, it gives off various by products during the burning process. These by products create the black soot you see on the inside of your chimney. This layer of soot is extremely flammable and has to be cleaned out.

Can I do it myself?

Yes, it is possible for you to clean your chimney yourself, but there are risks involved.

Safety is the most important consideration. You will be climbing ladders, going on steep roofs and trying to work through tall chimneys. This job isn't for everyone, that's for sure.

Add to this the fact you will get plenty dirty and will need to buy the equipment and you can see that hiring a professional chimney sweep may be your best bet.

A chimney cleaning company has the right equipment and knows fireplaces inside out. Plus, it is not overly expensive to have done.

Regardless of whichever route you take; be sure to have your fireplace cleaned on a regular basis. A chimney sweep may just save you from a potential disaster.

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