Why You Should Get a Chimney Sweep (Infographic)
A chimney sweep is an essential part of any home with a chimney’s maintenance. A chimney sweep keeps your fireplace healthy and can prevent problems with your chimney from getting worse. For your safety, it is recommended that you get a chimney sweep twice per year if you have a wood-burning fireplace and once per year if you have a fireplace that runs on gas. Here are some of the main reasons why everyone with a fireplace should get a chimney sweep.
1. Creosote build-up. Creosote is a black residue that builds up in your chimney over time. Creosote is combustible which makes an excess accumulation a serious fire hazard. A failure to clean out creosote buildup is the cause of 25% of residential fires in the United States.
2. Remove bird nests. Birds inside your chimney can be a great annoyance. A chimney sweep will make sure to remove the nest without hurting the birds, but you should put a cap over the chimney to prevent them from returning.
3. Inspect the chimney. Buildup of dirt, debris, and other material can cause damage to a chimney. A chimney sweep will inspect the chimney for signs of any potential problems or hazards.
4. Difficult to clean yourself. If you have the right materials, it’s possible to clean your own chimney, but unless you’re a professional you might miss something. The safest way to chimney sweep is by hiring a professional.
Aspen Fireplace has a wealth of experience with fireplaces and we offer fast and reliable chimney sweep service to the Columbus area. Contact us to schedule chimney sweep service for your fireplace.