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3 Reasons To Hire A Chimney Sweep

by Lee Porter

The chimney is one of the most neglected places during a regular clean-up. Your home's fireplace is vital but comes with the extra responsibility of cleaning the chimney. Luckily, your chimney can stay in good condition with regular maintenance. Removing soot is routine; however, if the chimney has heavy creosote accumulation, you can get a chimney sweep to do the job. Furthermore, getting all the materials and tools can be a hassle, and you may not have the time. Before you enlist one, there are several things you need to know. Here are three reasons to hire a chimney sweep.

1. Prevent Fire Hazard

The chimney is the hardest place to reach during a routine sweep. Unfortunately, most chimney fires originate from the smoke chamber that houses the soot and creosote. It is worth noting that a creosote buildup can easily ignite a fire and cause it to expand rapidly, thereby engulfing the whole chimney area. A house fire can have devastating effects since it can cause property damage, injuries, and risk life. The advantage of engaging with a professional is that they use a long brush to maneuver the entire chimney area and sweep down all the creosote.

2. Safety Consideration

In some properties, the chimney crown is located above a steep roof pitch, and, therefore, you must have safety equipment to access the area. You can leave the job to a licensed professional since they have a safety harness to reach the rooftops. In addition, cleaning the chimney can expose you to soot or smoke, leading to respiratory problems. As well, exposure to creosote can lead to skin irritations and infections. Again, a professional is knowledgeable about these issues and will have safety gear.

3. Property Value Consideration

Regular inspection and keeping your chimney clean is an excellent way to protect and improve the value of the property. Professional clean-up encompasses inspection of a likely soot accumulation and removal of obstructions. It also includes checking for cracks inside the liner and possible signs of damage. Finally, a professional sweep reports their findings and advises on remedial action. 

Even after a thorough sweep, it is essential to have a regular inspection and cleanup every year by a professional. Cleaning your chimney can eliminate the risk of fire caused by a creosote buildup and improve the value of your property. So, enlist a professional chimney sweep, and enjoy the above benefits.