WHAT DOES A CHIMNEY SWEEP DO

The chimney sweeps and cleans the smoke ducts to prevent emissions of dangerous gases and fires caused by soot. The chimney sweep is also trained for fire prevention and can work closely with the fire department.

Why is fireplace chimney so important?

The most important reason the chimney needs to be cleaned is to ensure good combustion and to avoid soot fires. The more soot the chimney has, the worse combustion and more pollution we will emit.

How often should I clean it?

When we find a lot of soot in the chimney, we should have it swept. The amount of soot that accumulates in the fireplace will depend on how much we use the stove, the type of hearth, and how we use it.

What does it consist of and how long does it take?

Sweeping takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on whether the chimney owner has prepared in advance or not, and whether there are many issues concerning home safety. Sweeping work only takes about 10 minutes, although it may also depend on the length and condition of the chimney to be smoothed.

Does a lot of soot create a chimney sweep?

If the chimney, home has been installed and maintained properly, the sweeping should not generate too much soot. When sweeping from inside the house through the home or some log or inspection window, it can generate a bit more soot, but not too much.

What should I do before the arrival of the chimney sweep? Is there anything to do during and / or after the sweeping?

The chimney owner should prepare the arrival of the chimney sweep by allowing easy access to stairs, inspection windows, and sweeping logs. During and after the sweeping, it is a good idea to ask about safety and fire prevention. A report on the chimney and general safety conditions is then issued. If the chimney sweep and chimney inspection reveal errors or defects, they are recorded in the report and 30 days are allowed for rectification before sending a report to the fire department.

Why is soot produced?

Soot is a product of combustion when there is excess carbon. Soot consists of 80-90% carbon, and the rest is hydrogen. Often, we find more soot when we burn wet wood, when we burn it improperly, or when we use an old stove with an insufficient supply of oxygen. If you want more heating for the wood you burn and the money you spend on it, you should buy a clean burning stove and burn dry wood.