Sweeping and Cleaning the Chimney: Why it is Important

If you own a fireplace, you probably try to use it any chance you can get during the winter. So, if you use it quite often, having it swept and cleaned at least once a year is vital for it to remain in good condition. When was the last time you had your chimney professionally swept or cleaned? If you can’t remember, then it is time to schedule an appointment with a reputable chimney cleaning company near Philadelphia.

 

The chimney is one of the areas of the house that needs to be regularly checked up on, but is difficult to get to. You can’t tell if your chimney is up to par just by looking at it from the outside. By hiring a professional sweeper, you will be able to get a detailed report on the status of the chimney. The report will be able to answer some questions you might have as a homeowner, such as:

 

  • Is the chimney filled with too much creosote?
  • Does the chimney need any repairs?
  • Is the brickwork starting to fall apart or crumble?
  • Is the chimney becoming a hazardous danger?

 

By knowing the condition of the chimney, diagnosed issues can be fixed and further repairs can be prevented. Like any other component in the house that needs to be maintained, such as the heating system, the chimney also needs to be tackled. If the job is put aside, it can lead to hazardous issues.

 

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The best time to have the chimney swept or cleaned is in the winter when the fireplace is often used. Chimney sweeping does not take long or entail any music performances, as seen in Mary Poppins. In fact, chimney sweeping is conducted much differently than the method that Dick Van Dyke’s character uses in the hit classic film. By the way, did you know that Dick Van Dyke recently just turned 90 years old? Although he has aged well, the original chimney sweep strategy has been abandoned for advancements in technology.

 

Using modern tools and equipment such as a powerful vacuum, chimneys are cleaned from top to bottom during a routine sweep service. If the chimney sits for a long period without being maintained, the consequences can be costly and pose a dangerous situation. Neglected chimneys can be subject to:

 

  • Causing a fire and having it spread to the dwelling
  • Releasing poisonous toxins into the house, such as smoke and fumes
  • Animals becoming stuck in the chimney flu
  • Causing smoke damage to the interior of the building

 

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A routine chimney sweep and cleaning once a year is necessary to keep your family safe, prevent costly repairs and keep the chimney in good condition. As Mary Poppins might say, having the chimney cleaned and swept will make it supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! If you need your chimney swept or cleaned, give us a shout at Above All Chimney & Masonry!

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