How to Get Ready for Chimney Cleaning Service?
BEFORE YOUR CLEANING SERVICE- INSPECT FOR CHIMNEY DAMAGE
Homeowners should check their chimneys for damage every year or so. Cracks, loose bricks, damaged mortar, and other structural problems often occur over time due to freezing-thawing weather patterns and soil changes. These issues can interfere with chimney function, so if you notice them, be sure to get them fixed before winter.
BEFORE YOUR CLEANING SERVICE- CHECK THE DAMPER FUNCTION
The chimney damper is a valve or plate regulating the airflow inside the chimney. Typically, it opens or closes via a push rod, rotary control, or pull chain. The damper should be closed when you aren’t using your fireplace, but you must open it when you want to start a fire. To make sure the damper still works, try opening and closing it. You can generally tell when the damper is open if you can feel a breeze or see the flue when you peek your head in.
HIRE A CERTIFIED CHIMNEY CLEANING SWEEP SERVICE
You should hire a chimney sweep company to clean your chimney at least once a year, even if no repairs are needed. Built-up soot, creosote, and other debris can put you at risk of a chimney fire and keep your fireplace from working as well as it should. Even a small amount of creosote glazing from burning wood can become a fire hazard, so it’s important not to put this step off if you have a wood fireplace. A sweep can also alert you to any damage to the chimney.