What Is A Chimney Sweep Brush?
What is a chimney sweep brush? This is a tool that chimney sweeps use to clean the flue, which is the inside of your chimney. You may also decide to keep a chimney brush on hand in case your flue needs a light cleaning in between professional cleanings.
What a chimney sweep brush is used for is to remove soot and creosote – an oily byproduct of burning fuel in your fireplace – from the chimney. Industry recommendations say that chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year to prevent buildup that can lead to inefficiency, poor indoor air quality, or a dangerous chimney fire that can quickly spread to the rest of your home.
You may want to clean your chimney yourself once or twice between regular, annual cleanings by a professional chimney sweep. It is important to use a brush that is the right size for your chimney. The correct size for a chimney cleaning brush is no more than one half-inch wider than the inside of your chimney flue or chimney liner. A chimney brush that is the right size will fit down the flue and be able to reach soot and creosote buildup on all sides.
When shopping for a chimney brush, look for one that matches the shape of the inside of your chimney. You will also need to buy rods that attach to chimney brushes. Attaching several of these rods together will allow the brush to fit down the whole length of your chimney. There are a few ways to clean a chimney yourself, most of which call for climbing on top of your roof and cleaning the chimney flue from the top.
While it is possible to clean your chimney yourself, it is still best to hire a chimney cleaning contractor once a year for cleaning and maintenance. A chimney sweep will have more experience in cleaning chimneys, the ability to do a more complete job and the knowledge to see when a chimney has a structural problem that needs to be a fixed. Also, consider that cleaning a chimney is a physically taxing job that involves some danger of falling or other injury.