How To Safely Clean Your Chimney

How To Safely Clean Your Chimney

It is important to take safety precautions whenever you want to clean a sensitive area in your home. In this article, we will discussing how to safely clean your chimney. Additionally, cleaning your chimney should never be put off, as the soot and creosote accumulation can cause a chimney fire. Soot and creosote are sticky, flammable substances that build up overtime in your chimney.

Determine Whether Your Chimney Needs Cleaning:

Before you decide to clean your chimney, it is best to assess whether or not your chimney even needs cleaning. Therefore, if you use your chimney quite often, it is crucial to conduct a cleaning session annually. However, take a flashlight and check if there is any soot or creosote build up, and that should be the deciding factor. Although, if you unsure of what soot or creosote build up looks like, you can always hire a professional to assist you. Ideally, you want to clean our your chimney in the season before you use it quite frequently.

Preparation:

Secondly, cleaning a chimney is a tricky task and needs proper preparation before execution. Therefore, gather all the necessary tools and materials before attempting to clean. Some of the tools you will need include:

  • Ladder
  • Flashlight
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Dust mast and goggles
  • Stiff wire brush
  • Chimney brush
  • Chimney brush extension pipes
  • Drop cloths

Once you have purchased all the necessary tools you can start the cleaning process. However, ensure that you have your chimney’s measurements before you purchase any tools.

Check Your Chimney For Animals:

Thirdly, before you conduct a cleaning session ensure there are no fury friends taking refuge in your chimney. Moreover, when your chimney is left unused for a while, birds, squirrels and raccoons usually build nests. Therefore, use your flashlight to look through your chimney and clean out the critters.

 

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