The weather has turned warm and you are probably not sipping hot cocoa or setting logs in your fireplace this summer. While the fireplace and chimney are not in use, it’s an ideal time for scheduling a professional chimney cleaning in Atlanta to come take a look at your fireplace and flue.
The chimney sweep in Atlanta will hang up a tarp on the fireplace to keep debris and soot from getting all over the inside of your home. Then he’ll go up to the top of the chimney and use a special pole and brush to really clean the inside walls of the flue and knock out anything that is built up or blocking air flow. Once everything is cleared out, he’ll sweep up and clear out the ashes and dust from the fireplace.
When you build a fire in your fireplace during the winter months, the smoke from the fire rises up through the flue and exits through the top of the chimney. Fires need an exhaust so the smoke doesn’t fill your house. The constant smoke and high temperatures inside the chimney cause build-up of creosote. If you haven’t used the fireplace in a very long time, it’s also possible that birds, squirrels, and other critters have made their way down your chimneystack to nest. Nests and creosote buildup create a real hazard for a major fire to start or for the flue to be blocked so that the smoke cannot escape when there isn’t proper ventilation.