The process of sweeping a chimney may seem simple, but it involves more than just sticking a long-handled brush up a chimney to dislodge soot and debris. Regular sweeping of chimneys is essential for safety because a chimney clogged with soot can easily catch fire. A blocked chimney also prevents smoke from escaping from the fireplace, leading to smoky rooms and unpleasant odors. Homeowners or tenants who use real fires or wood burners should get chimneys swept annually.
The first part of the chimney sweeping process is for the chimney sweep to thoroughly inspect the fireplace and the chimney. If our sweep notices any damage, he will provide a price for repairs. The sweep looks inside the chimney to see if it requires cleaning. If there's accumulated soot present, he will clean the chimney.
Sweeping a chimney is a messy job that produces soot and dust. To protect your home our chimney sweep spreads large drop cloths over the floor and any necessary furnishings. He will cover the fireplace opening if necessary with a plastic sheet and tape this to the side of the fireplace. The sweep sets up a high-power industrial vacuum cleaner to insure cleanliness. The vacuum sucks up soot and debris as it is removed from the chimney with the sweep brush.
To sweep the chimney itself, our chimney sweep inserts a wide, specialty nylon fiber sweep brush into the fireplace and down the chimney. The brush comes in flexible poly-rod sections, and the sweep adds a new section as necessary while pushing the brush head up and down the chimney to dislodge soot and debris. During this process, the chimney sweep cleans all parts of the fireplace and chimney, including the flue, damper, smoke chamber, smoke shelf and firebox. The process takes roughly 30 minutes to an hour.