Why You Should Routinely Clean Your Chimney

Spring is in the air, and all the flowers and trees are blooming. It’s the time of year where we venture outside, open the windows, and leave our fireplaces and chimneys sitting undisturbed until the winter. We recommend cleaning your chimney twice a year, and one of those times is in May or early June.

It’s before the humidity of summer, and before the buildup of creosote causes a foul smell in the house. Creosote is the unburned wood energy that accumulates and condensates on the inner chimney surface. Having a regular schedule for chimney cleaning in Philadelphia is necessary for both health and safety reasons.

Benefits of a Chimney Sweep

With the regular use of your fireplace and chimney through the cold winter, you’ll experience a buildup of soot and creosote on the walls of your chimney. Waiting to have them removed or cleaned can cause damage and disaster the next time you start a fire. Chimney sweeps will rid your fireplace of the harmful chemicals and allow you to start a fire safely.

Improves airflow. Without routine cleanings, smoke could come back down the chimney and enter your living room, putting your family in danger.

Keeps your home free from allergens. All the debris and soot in your fireplace will be removed, and you will be able to breathe easier without the effects of various chemicals. If you neglect to have your chimney maintained, you are facing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.


Before cleaning equipment is used, all leaves, insects, and organisms must be removed. Masonry professionals will inspect the chimney from both inside and outside at the top. An inspection before a cleaning will determine any additional repairs that need to be completed.

There’s no easier way to protect your biggest investment and prevent a house fire than routine chimney sweeps.

When completed correctly, the process of cleaning will not leave a mess on the interior or exterior of the property. The equipment used will vacuum all the ash and debris that has taken up residence in your chimney. Avoid the rust, corrosion, and harm associated with un-cleaned chimneys, and schedule maintenance after a grueling winter season.

Regular maintenance can catch damage to the liner or masonry. Cracks in the liner due to the weathering and wear can cause smoke, water, or that creosote odor to enter your home. A routine cleaning will prevent expensive chimney repair in Philadelphia and leave you with a healthy home environment.

It’s a dirty job, but don’t let your health become affected by not having your chimney cleaned and swept. We recommend having a cleaning completed after a cord of wood is burned, but if your indoor air quality becomes affected, it’s best to clean at least once a year. Call our professionals at Above All for a professional chimney sweep.

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