Chimney cleaning is not difficult; the toughest part of the duty is getting out the ladder. Once you’ve dug out the ladder from the garage, you’re all set.
Remember to take the measuring instrument, pen, and paper up there with you, (there’s nothing worse than going back to basics and forgetting the previous scale). Now you are on the roof if you have a chimney lid, remove it. Some of the chimney caps can be easily removed by loosening the 4 screws on the bottom. Some chimney caps are fixed permanently and therefore screws are in the caps.
Step for cleaning your chimney:
- Next, measure the within of your flue tiles and write them down.
- Pay close attention to your chimney while you are up there. Creosote will tend to be heaviest at the top of the chimney where it begins to cool during the combustion process.
- If there appears to be little or no creosote build-up, just a black soot wire brush will work just fine. If the creosote is really thick, think about a flat wire brush that will give you more surface contact.
- Always use shrubs of the same size as well as chimney tiles. If the comb is too small you will not make surface contact or if it is large you will jam the comb and bend the bristles.
- Next determine the entire height of your chimney, from the smoke chamber to the highest. If it was a one-story house, the chimneys would average 15 ‘in size, two stories about 25’.
- Chimney brush rods are available in screwed 3 ‘4’ 5 ‘and 6’ sections. Chimney brush rods are a product of fiberglass and are very flexible; they will bend 90 degrees or more.
- This makes it possible to clear every bend in your chimney.