When people think about a chimney sweep, they think of Dick Van Dyke singing and dancing his way from rooftop to rooftop in Mary Poppins. The truth is that chimney sweeps are a necessary part of household maintenance when you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove in your home. This is because:
- Chimneys clogged with soot and creosote can cause smoke to billow back into the home, causing damage and be a cleaning problem.
- Clogged chimneys can quickly become a fire hazard as sparks and embers can ignite in a flash.
If you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, then you probably have a dirty chimney. There's no way around it. When wood burns, it creates a large amount of smoke and other by-products that build up in the chimney. This can eventually become a fire hazard. When the local residents need a chimney sweep, San Diego trusts Fresh Air.
How Often Do You Clean Chimneys?
If you have a wood-burning stove that runs regularly or enjoy the warmth of a fireplace, you may need to have the chimney cleaned once a year. You'd be surprised how fast the combustion byproducts and clog a chimney.
If you only use your chimney occasionally, you may be able to get away with cleaning it only once every couple of years.
One factor in how often to clean the chimneys is how hot the fire gets. If fires are stoked and made to burn hot, then there is less smoke produced. If you dampen the fire or let it burn down naturally, this creates significantly more smoke and buildup within your chimney.
Fresh Air is one of the leading chimney sweeps in the San Diego area. Call us and schedule an appointment today.