While most homeowners love having a fireplace, their chimneys are usually another story. While it's easy to forget about this part of your home, built-up soot and creosote can contribute to breathing disorders, cause carbon monoxide poisoning, and even present a fire hazard. If you've never had a professional chimney cleaning before, summer is the perfect time to start!
Before cleaning anything, the contractor will perform a thorough inspection of your chimney, looking for structural damage or dangerous buildup of creosote, an oily substance that can lead to chimney fires and allergic reactions. Many chimney cleaning companies perform this inspection with high-tech video equipment, giving them access to areas you normally can't see. If they find any problems with the brickwork or mortar, they can recommend a solution and a contractor to do the repairs, if necessary.
Once the inspection is finished, the chimney cleaners will get to work, using specialized, powerful tools to scrub away soot, creosote, and other dangerous debris. Many homeowners worry the process will take all day, but with rotary power cleaners, the job can usually be done in 90 minutes or less! The price depends a great deal on your local market, the size of your chimney, and how dirty it is.