Ways to Clean Chimneys

The importance of cleaning the chimneys cannot be denied. It was considered vital even in the early Georgian times. Scrubbing a chimney is very important to escape from potential house fires or chimney fires themselves. Therefore, the chimney sweep must be able to carry out a comprehensive and detailed cleaning. It is not only the dust, ash and soot which needs to be cleared out but the deposited layer of creosote inside the lining of chimney needs to be dusted off thoroughly which can be hazardous otherwise.

It is advisable to hire a professional chimney sweeper for cleaning purpose, but if you want to avoid using your phone and save money, you can do it yourself. Anyhow, a professional chimney cleaner will always be preferred.

There are different methods for chimney cleaning, and each of the methods requires different equipment. This article will cover different methods for the purpose of chimney cleaning, basic tools and steps associated with them.

Basic Tools required to clean a chimney:

To clean your chimney, certain specific tools are required. These tools are not particularly specialised but you should purchase them after taking proper measurements of your chimney. For this purpose, measure your chimney’s opening with the help of measuring tape. This step is done to determine the size of most crucial tool to be used in cleaning purpose i.e. wire chimney brush. Certain other tools used are following:

  • Wire chimney brush
  • Fireplace cover
  • Chimney brush rods or rope, pull rings
  • Mirror
  • Tape
  • Coverings for floor and furniture e.g. tarp, drop cloth
  • Shovel and Broom
  • Flashlight
  • Metal bucket
  • Goggles
  • Dust masks
  • Ladder

It is not necessary that all the methods that I am going to describe all the up listed tools. Usage of tool completely depends on the method adopted. Following methods are commonly used:

Rod Method, Top Down:

This method requires the chimney sweep to be on top of the roof. In the opening of the chimney, chimney brush is inserted to clean the inner lining of chimney walls. Continuous raising does this and lowering of the brush. Flexible metal rods are connected to the other end of the brush, and you will add further rods to extend the length as much as possible so that the brush can easily extend down the chimney. This method is preferred by many people because it doesn’t create much mess in your house and it would require minimum cleanliness at the end.

Rod Method, Bottom Up:

This method is quite the same as top down rod method discussed above but in this method; chimney sweep works from your fireplace opening inside your house instead of your chimney opening on the roof. It is considered to be safer than top down rod method since chimney sweeper does not need to stand on the roof but it gets messier that the former method as one is unable to seal the fireplace opening. In this method, plenty of floor covering materials such as tarps and drop cloths are used to keep the furniture and floor clean.

Weight Method:

This method is similar to top-down rod method but in this method, chimney sweeper uses pull rings, rope and addition of weight of a minimum of 20 lbs to the brush instead of flexible metal rods. The brush is raised up and down thoroughly with the heavy weight attached which scrubs off the inner lining of the chimney from dirt. This method also facilitates the closing of fireplace opening within the house thus resulting in the minimum trash.

Dual Line Method:

This method requires two chimney sweepers Seattle. Both ends of the brush are attached to a rope. One of the sweepers takes the rope and brush set up on the roof while the other one stays at the fireplace opening. The person standing on the roof keeps one of rope and brush while sending down the rest of portion of the set up to the other person within the house. Each sweeper pulls the rope turn-wise to move the brush-up and down the inner lining of chimney and scrubs off the dirt. In this method, fireplace opening can’t be sealed so a huge amount of tarp and other coverings should be used to avoid the mess created.

Adopting the above methods from time to time, you can escape from the need of chimney repair and masonry repair that may occur over the course of time.


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