As we all learned from Mary Poppins, chimney cleaning is just one of the many perks of having a traditional fireplace. But don’t just take our word for it: according to the National Fire Protection Association, it is recommended that all chimney owners (yes, that includes you!) clean their chimney at least once a year. No exceptions! Can’t remember the last time your chimney was cleaned? Then, unless you have Alzheimer’s, you are probably well overdue for your annual cleaning.
- Chimney Cleaning
- Rain Cap Installation
- Chimney Crown Waterproofing
- Chimney Tuckpointing
But while Dick Van Dyke and his cadre of child laborers may have made the job look easy, there’s actually far more to cleaning a chimney than meets the eye. Even just diagnosing chimney “abnormalities” (and there are more than you might expect) requires a trained eye and a preternatural fascination with cylindrical ventilating apparatuses. Fortunately, our team of highly qualified professionals at Chimney Monkey is here to do what no one in their right minds would actually want to. Our technicians will remove soot, blockages, and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and damper—all with a smile on their faces and a skip in their step.
Do I need to have my chimney swept?
Now, some of you may not be convinced. “I only use my fireplace every other fortnight!” you scoff as you sip your half-caf, non-fat, pumpkin spice macchiato. “Why bother cleaning a chimney I scarcely use?” But, as a homeowner (and chimney owner), it would behoove you to consider the multitude of factors that can contribute to the condition of your chimney besides smoke ventilation.
The age of your home, the type of chimney, and the weather (keep in mind milder winters can cause more issues with your chimney and fireplace than severe winters), will also affect how frequently your chimney will need a cleaning. What’s more, small animals or birds can build nests in the flue during the summer. Not to mention leaves can other debris can accumulate all on their own in your chimney during the fall. Without actually climbing on your roof and poking around, you wouldn’t know that your “unused” chimney was a considerable peril—a ticking time bomb! Lighting a fire with any of these blockages in your chimney can lead to serious home/property damage.
Fireplace and chimney safety
Even if you heat with gas, a clean burning fuel, your chimney should be checked regularly. It’s just the safe and practical thing to do.
At the end of the day, no homeowner wants to deal with soot fires, smoke in their home, or a fireplace chimney that simply won’t ventilate properly. But we do—that’s what we’re here for! Just leave it to Chimney Monkey.
To contact us for chimney sweep or a free quote/consultation, call 312-687-1352
See a full list of areas we service: Chimney Sweep