Mar 08

Chimney Sweeps: Evaluation And Cleaning

There are some home improvement project that can be completed without hiring the services of a professional. This article is packed with information to help you make your home better. Use these tips so you can work by yourself.

Smoke in the house. If smoke is backing up into the home, there is something wrong with the drafting or the flue. You’ll need to get a professional in for this chimney liner repair. In the meantime, open a window to ventilate the area and increase the updraft.

An existing chimney or a new flue or chimney installation must be given a visual inspection to check that it is in good order, clear of obstructions and is of a suitable size and type for the appliance you plan to install. If you are handy with tools and have a good understanding of how fireplaces and chimneys work, you may be able to do most of the liner work yourself.

Needless to say, you will need suitable brushes to clean your fireplace or wood stove chimney. They should not cost all that much at a local hardware or fireplace accessory store. It is also important to get a vacuum since the surrounding area will get very messy.


If your new home is in a suburban area located next to undeveloped or thickly wooded land, consider investing in a tall wooden or chain-link fence around the perimeter of your backyard. This will prevent curious animals such as coyotes, rabbits and skunks away – specifically if you want to have a garden.

Brick and stone chimneys require service to prevent leaks over time. Failing to perform the necessary maintenance can result in unattractive and potentially dangerous chimney leaks. There are other ways to determine whether you have a chimney leak. For instance, if you notice water running down the flue, or if exposed chimney masonry is constantly wearing due to heavy rains, you may end up with a chimney leak.

Anytime you burn a fire in your fireplace, black particles collect to form a sticky and highly flammable tar called creosote. A buildup of creosote can easily result in a chimney fire which can quickly turn into a house fire. It is imperative to clean your chimney at least once a year to prevent this type of fire from occurring. While it’s always a good idea to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, having a clean chimney can prevent them from ever going off.

If the repair work that has to be done to the chimney is extensive, it is necessary to get a professional to accomplish the task. Take assistance from a licensed professional to ensure quality repair work.