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Surprising Facts About Your Chimney--And The Chimney Sweep

If you have a fireplace at home and cannot remember exactly when it was cleaned and examined last, it is time to hire an experienced chimney sweep. However, choosing the right person for the job may not be as easy as you think. Today, the job description of a chimney sweep is more challenging and inclusive than it was just a few years ago, and that means it is easy to keep the chimney and fireplace safe and usable.  

Did You Know What A Chimney Sweep Can Do, Besides Cleaning the Chimney?

It is often surprising to find that today's chimney sweep is not only responsible for cleaning the chimney, but he may also be able to repair the masonry on the chimney. In some cases, when the masonry is internal or not easily seen from outside, the chimney sweep is often the first person to notice that a problem has occurred. Although a chimney sweep would not be able to do major work or improvements on the chimney, masonry work is a common skill for many chimney sweeps. 

Because one of the tasks of the chimney is to provide clean air to the home, it is important to remember that poor air quality inside your home may lead to common health problems. Unfortunately, that poor air quality can be caused by a dirty or malfunctioning chimney. The gases and byproducts of a fire can accumulate in a dirty chimney and cause a fire, so hiring a chimney sweep is a serious matter. 

Have You Ever Heard Any Pests In The Chimney?

If you go most of the year without using the fireplace, your chimney could become a graveyard for assorted animals or pests. The use of a heavy wire mesh as a cap over the chimney can deter pests from entering it, but if they are already there and dead, your chimney sweep can remove them.

A bad smell or a flue that does not open entirely are signs that you need a chimney sweep. In order to prevent a very unfortunate situation involving dead animals in your chimney and the first fire of the year, it is a good idea to schedule an annual exam for the unit prior to the first cold night of the year.  

In conclusion, cleaning and inspecting your chimney can often be completed in a single appointment. When you remember that the safety of your family and the home itself may depend on the safe usage of a clean fireplace, it is easy to remember to call for an appointment. Visit a site like for more information.