Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!
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Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.

Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

What Happens During A Chimney Cleaning Session

Brian Riley

If you have a fireplace inside of your home, you need to take the time to have it serviced regularly to ensure it is safe for use. If you have never hired a chimney service in the past, you may wonder what the process entails. Here are the steps a residential chimney cleaning business conducts.

The Chimney And Fireplace Are Inspected

Before a chimney sweep gets to work with a cleaning procedure, the structure needs to have a complete inspection to check for possible problems. A chimney sweep worker will bring along tools to visually look at the interior of your chimney from the vantage point of the inside of your fireplace. If there are obstructions noticed, the worker may need to take a look from the top of the chimney. For this reason, it is best to have a ladder readily available for the worker to access. The worker will check for wild animals or bird nests, portions of broken or cracked interior walls, and buildup of soot.

The Chimney Is Cleaned Using Special Tools

The interior of your chimney will have a buildup of soot, creosote, and dirt from regular use of your fireplace. The more you utilize the fireplace, the more likely a buildup of debris has ended up sticking to the interior walls of the chimney. This buildup is a safety issue and requires complete cleaning to eliminate the risk of a chimney fire. The buildup also causes the transfer of heat into your home to decrease compared to having a cleaned chimney.

A residential chimney sweep worker will use a long pole with a brush on the end to sweep away debris from the walls. As such, it is wise to prepare for the process by lining your fireplace with a tarp or plastic shower curtain for easy cleanup when the session is completed. In more severe instances, chemical agents may need to be applied to the interior walls of the chimney to help loosen hardened debris.

Recommendations Are Made For Increased Safety

After your chimney is clean, the worker will provide you with information regarding the proper usage of your fireplace to help minimize the possibility of damaging your chimney or enduring a chimney fire. This includes recommendations about what type of wood to use in your fireplace, as well as the frequency of cleanings you should schedule depending upon how often you use your chimney. If there was damage was noticed inside of the chimney, repair service may be provided as well. 

Contact a chimney cleaning service for more information.