What Is a Chimney Sweep?
Did you know that regular chimney sweeping is crucial to prevent chimney fires? Regular chimney sweeping removes flammable deposits, like soot and creosote, from the interior walls of your chimney. When debris builds up in your chimney, it reduces your fireplace efficiency and can also cause chimney fires.
How often you need chimney sweeping depends largely on how often you use your fireplace. In general, you should call a chimney sweep when soot builds up to 1/8 in. or when you notice a glaze on your flue. Ideally, you should call for a chimney inspection and chimney sweep before you plan to use your fireplace and chimney during the colder seasons—usually during the summer or early fall.
What Does a Chimney Sweep Do?
The chimney sweep process is different depending on what type chimney and fireplace you have. In general, when you call a professional chimney sweep like Capitol Chimney Service, the chimney sweep will first access your chimney from the roof to clean out your flue (your chimney’s venting system) from the top. A vacuum is used at the bottom of your fireplace to collect any soot and debris from contaminating your home.
Once your chimney is cleaned from the roof, the chimney sweep will then clean your fireplace, woodstove, or fireplace insert from the inside of your house.
Between professional chimney sweeps, you should sweep and dust your fireplace hearth after each use to help prevent residue buildup in your fireplace. In addition, avoid using chemical cleaners on your fireplace. Even after they dry, some cleaners can leave a flammable residue on your fireplace surface.
How Much Does a Chimney Sweep Cost?
Depending on what type of fireplace you have (prefab, insert, woodstove, etc.), a chimney sweep with Capitol Chimney Service ranges from $129 to $159 in price. Make sure to visit our Capitol Chimney Service coupons page to check out any specials, discounts, or coupons we currently offer.
If you need a chimney sweep in the DC, Northern Virginia, or Maryland area, call us today at 410-962-5551. From chimney cleaning to chimney repair and chimney rebuild, we are your one stop chimney service. We are licensed, insured, and certified, so know our primary objective is to make your chimney, fireplace, and venting systems cleaner, safer, and more energy-efficient.