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Why Hire a Chimney Sweep?

With the list of items in the home that are to be cared for, people often overlook the fireplace and chimney. Whether in active use or not, a chimney must be maintained in order to protect the structural integrity of your home. Water in your chimney allows mold to grow quickly. A properly swept chimney not only maximizes your family’s safety, it also creates a more enjoyable fire and increases energy efficiency.

Make sure that you hire a certified sweep to conduct your annual sweep and inspection. Expert eyes can see things others cannot.

Make sure that you hire a certified sweep to conduct your annual sweep and inspection. Expert eyes can see things others cannot.

Even if you are comfortable with ladders, heights, and small, dirty places, it is still recommended that you hire a professional to do your chimney sweep and inspection.   In this process they will be able to recognize problems before they become hazardous or more expensive, such as broken or missing tiles or bricks, and deteriorating mortar.  Even if there are just tiny cracks, these can get bigger and eventually make a housing spot for mold, and can also cause draft problems or let heat escape,and potentially setting your house on fire.  Chimney sweeps are also helpful to remove buildups from inside of your chimney, such as creosotes or anything natural, such as leaves, animal waste or twigs.  When these buildups get too big, they can prevent smoke and dangerous gases from exiting properly.  If too much gets trapped inside of your home, you can get Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  Animals are another common way that chimneys get blocked, as they may take shelter.

Finding a reliable chimney sweep is just like finding someone doing any other service.  Ask around your community or do some research online.  It is also important that your chimney sweep be CSIA certified.  It is critical that you have your chimney swept once a year.  It is best to call earlier in the season in  case of a high demand for the services.  Also, there is no harm in being ready so that you can enjoy your comfy, cozy fireplace if winter comes a little earlier than expected.