Basics of Chimney Cleaning

A chimney is a structure built mainly for venting out smoke or hot gases. Chimneys are available in residential homes, buildings, ships, and steam locomotives. In countries where there is winter weather, people make use of fireplaces and chimneys to ensure they are warm in their dwellings. Nevertheless, to make certain adequate functioning of their chimneys, it is best that they accomplish regular chimney cleaning one or more times a year.

(C) Burlington Fireplace

(C) Burlington Fireplace

It doesn’t matter whether you have the chimney cleaned by a professional sweeper or you do it yourself, you ought to have know how about the cleaning process in case you have one installed at your house. Some of the tools and stuff which will be needed in the cleaning of the chimney has gloves, a chimney brush, a ladder, dust mask, a rope, flash light and protective goggles.

‘Top-To-Bottom’ technique with flexible rod is most preferred method for professional chimney cleaning. With this method the debris, soot and creosote all are cleaned without letting them get over the floor and furniture in the home. Through the help of ladder, sweeper has to reach the top of the roof and open the chimney cap. A suitable sized chimney brush is connected to the flexible rod and placed from the top of the chimney to scrub the chimney liner from top to down and dragging the brush back to the top via flexible rod till the chimney is cleaned and verified by flashlight or mirror or both.

In case of longer chimneys (height), you may adopt the application of weights method to clean them more efficiently. Put a suitable weight on one end of your brush, take care of the weight, it shouldn’t be large because it could cause you a lot of difficulty in cleaning and could distress your hand leaving it with a lot of pain as soon as the cleaning is carried out. Then reduce your brush down into the chimney along side inner side walls.

The other method involving utilization of the rod is whereby a chimney brush attached to a rod is inserted from the bottom rather than the roof. This might however not be effective since it is difficult to seal the kitchen area. Soot will consequently spread all around the area.

The Duel line method is the another method that you will need 2 people. A rope (and pull ring for holding onto if you like) is linked to both ends of the brush. Each individual takes turns pulling the rope, in order to work the brush down and up to completely clean the walls of the chimney.

One reliable way in which does not need such cleaning material is using cleaning logs. These logs emit some chemical compounds which dissolve and loosen creosote so that it will not stick to the chimney walls. Instead, the soot drops to the base in which it’s effortlessly collected.

Preventative maintenance has always been the best way. It will save you from the expensive price of making maintenance when damage has been done. In addition that, regular chimney cleaning cannot only save money but it could also guard your investment and the lives of the people residing in your residence.


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