Is It Time to Clean Your Chimney?

February 10, 2016

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When you use your fireplace, creosote builds up in your chimney. Creosote contains tar and soot, and it can damage your flue lining. It can also cause a blockage in your chimney, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. On top of that, creosote can become a fire hazard or make your home dirty. For all these reasons, it’s important to clean your chimney on a regular basis. How clean is your chimney? Is it time to have it cleaned by a professional chimney sweep in Atlanta? Here are 3 ways that you can determine whether or not you should have the chimney cleaned.

Visual Inspection

While wearing safety goggles over your eyes and a dust mask over your face, get on top of your roof. Use a flashlight to look down your chimney. Do you see any black soot along the sides of your chimney? If so, it might be time to schedule a cleaning.

Scrape the Soot

Wearing the same safety goggles and dust mask, look up your chimney from inside of your home. Use a tool to scrape the sides of your chimney. If you find more than 1/4-inch of soot on the sides of your chimney, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Professional Inspection

If you don’t have the right tools on hand or don’t want to get on your roof, don’t fret. You can contact the professionals to help you. Have a professional inspect your chimney. They can determine whether the chimney needs to be cleaned, and they can check for any signs of damage. Then, you can have your chimney cleaned and repaired.

If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned out in a while, it would be a good idea to inspect it. Scheduling a cleaning with the Atlanta Chimney Doctor can be a great way to keep your chimney up to snuff. We can help you remove the creosote, so you don’t have to worry about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and other hazards.

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