Chimneys are not used in the entire year. It will only be used during winter season wherein you will need the warmth of the fireplace. So for the past 6 months or more, your chimney had been unused. So if you want your chimney to be functioning again, you need to make sure that this is clear from dirt and has been checked properly for any signs of damages or other servicing requirements. But in doing that, you need to make sure that you have properly geared yourself before climbing on top of your chimney.
You need to gather the things you need before you start cleaning and checking your chimney. First of all, you need to have a ladder, a safe one. Next is that you need to be accompanied by an assistant. The cleaning tools should also be ready and reachable by your assistant because he will be the one to pass these tools to you.
Wearing a safety hat is very important also just to be sure that you head is protected if ever you accidentally fall from the ladder. Don’t wear loose pants because it will be difficult for you to climb the ladder. A short pant is recommended for you to wear and a beater. You should also wear shoes because wearing slippers can be slippery and dangerous for your sake.
Once you’re geared up, you can now climb the stairs and reach for the chimney. Bring with you a flashlight and check for leaks or cracks first before you start cleaning it. Ignoring possible presence of cracks might put you in danger so it’s best that you check on it first before you do the necessary cleaning.
Hiring professional cleaners is one best option for you to do.