What You Need To Know About Chimney Cleaning
Any chimney that gets used regularly will have soot buildup inside it. Chances are that you have never cleaned your chimney before, and the soot has been collecting for years or potentially decades. As you can imagine, soot building is not good for a chimney, which is why it is so important to have it cleaned by a professional.
Chimney Protection and Prevention
There are two good reasons to have your chimney cleaned
Using your home's fireplace will cause creosote to build up on the inner walls of your chimney. This material is actually corrosive, which causes the material it touches to prematurely wear down.
Chimney cleaning will help protect your chimney's flue. The flue is the part that controls the smoke that exits from the chimney, and prevents air from getting inside when your chimney isn't being used. Since so much smoke passes over your flue, chimney cleaning will help prolong the lifespan of this part so it is not damaged by corrosion.
The other issue with creosote buildup is how the material is also flammable. A chimney naturally gets hot when it is in use, which can cause the creosote inside the chimney to combust. Creosote only needs to get to 451°F to catch on fire, and once it does, it can cause temperatures that could get as hot as 2,000°F. It's enough heat to destroy a home in the right conditions.
Cleaning should be done once a year, and you can do it before you plan to start using the chimney each winter. Thankfully, there are professionals that will take care of the whole job for you, since it requires special techniques and tools that you won't have any familiarity with.
The rod method is one way to clean your chimney, which involves scrubbing the chimney's inner walls using a brush on an extendable pole. The rod is placed into the chimney from the roof, which allows the chimney to be sealed inside your home to keep everything clean.
It is possible to clean a chimney from the inside of a home, but be prepared for it to make a mess. This is only done in situations where there is not a safe way to access the roof to get to a chimney.
Now that you're aware of the basics of chimney cleaning, you'll be well informed for when it's time to have it done at your home.