“Chimneys can be found in residential homes, buildings, ships, and steam locomotives. To make sure adequate functioning of their chimneys, it is advisable they perform regular chimney cleaning at least once a year. In countries where there is winter season, people use fireplaces and chimneys to ensure they are warm in their homes.”
It doesn’t matter whether you obtain the chimney cleaned by a professional sweeper or you do it on your own, you should have know how about the cleaning process in case you have one installed at your home. Some of the tools and stuff that is needed in the cleaning of the chimney consists of gloves, a chimney brush, a ladder, dust mask, a rope, flash light and protective goggles.
At first, before beginning with ‘Top-To-Bottom’ method, be sure that the fireplace has been turn off from a long time. The nearby area must have become cold and the chimney too needs to have reached the normal temperature. Now get on the roof-top with a ladder and other convenient way, cover your nose and head well with a mask and a cap respectively. Connect extension rods to the chimney sized brush and put the brush down from the chimney top. So, go cleaning the chimney from top to bottom. Take help of a vacuum cleaner as well. This can be a broadly accepted and preferred approach to cleaning.
In case of longer chimneys (height), you could adopt the application of weights approach to clean them more proficiently. Place a suitable weight on one end of your brush, take care of the weight, it should not be large since it can cause you a lot of difficulty in cleaning and may distress your hand leaving it with a lot of pain after the cleaning is carried out. Then lower your brush down into the chimney along side inner side walls.
The Rod Method Bottom Up is exactly like the above method, but the cleaning is going to be performed from the fireplace to the top of the chimney. Here the only real advantage is, there’s no need to climb to the roof. On the other way, this method will lead to dirty outcome, because the fireplace is open.
The Duel line Method is the another method in which you will need 2 people. A rope (and pull ring for holding onto if you like) is linked to both sides of the brush. Every person takes turns pulling the rope, so as to work the brush up and down to completely clean the walls of the chimney.
One reliable manner in which doesn’t need such cleaning material is the use of cleaning logs. These logs emit some chemical substances which dissolve and loosen creosote so it will not stick to the chimney walls. Rather, the soot drops to the base where it really is effortlessly collected.
Preventative maintenance happens to be the simplest way. It will save you from the expensive price of making fixes when damage has been done. In addition that, regular chimney cleaning not only can reduce costs but it also can guard your investment and the lives of the people residing in your residence.