Chimney Sweeps and Sweeping Your Chimney
Chimney sweeping is the process of cleaning the chimney to prevent a chimney fire and maintain a good combustion in your wood burning stove. You can clean your chimney yourself, but it is recommended that you hire professionals such as a NACS or Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps chimney sweep. You may be thinking why you would hire a professional for this job, but this is a very important job and this profession is not new, the chimney sweeping profession is too old to remember and has been going since at least the 16th century.
But this does not mean you cannot clean your chimney yourself. Whether you do yourself or hire professional sweepers, in both ways you want to have the job done in the manner that gets the right results, according to the high standards prevailing in the market. The main purpose of cleaning the chimney is to prevent fire. So the cleaning process either by you or the profession sweeper should be performed skillfully and thoroughly.
Chimney sweeping is not the only process in cleaning; you need to remove dust on the wall of the chimney too.
Chimney process does not involve the clearing the soot or dust, but need to remove creosote building gradually.
There are some specific tools needed in the process of cleaning chimneys, if you are doing the work yourself.
These tools will help you in the whole cleaning process.
The tools you will need – Chimney Sweeping Brushes, Covers, Tape, Tarp, Metal Bucket, Mirror, Vacuum, Shovel and broom, Light, Ladder, and Dust Mask.
You can either sweep your chimney from the bottom up or from the top down. Cleaning from the top down is the most efficient, but cleaning from the bottom up is the safest!