Below we discuss the most common mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to chimney cleaning and maintenance. We also debunk some myths regarding chimney maintenance.
Chimney Cleaning Myths Debunked
Many homeowners believe that if they use chimney sweeping logs that remove creosote buildup from the flue, then they do not need a professional chimney cleaning. The fact is that these sweeping logs do not remove all the soot that has build up in your chimney. If you carefully read the fine print on the packaging of sweeping fire logs than you will see that it says that the logs are not a replacement for a professional chimney cleaning job. The same applies to salts and chemicals that can loosen up soot in the flue. They will not completely remove all the buildup. You need a professional cleaning to remove the soot completely.
Another myth that is not true is if you burn hardwood or seasoned wood, you will not require chimney cleaning. The myth involves the notion that hardwood or seasoned wood burns clean and does not create soot. The fact is that all wood, no matter if it is hardwood or seasoned, will leave behind creosote that will accumulate in your chimney. Some woods may burn cleaner than others, but all of them will still leave behind harmful soot.
Another misconception that homeowners have is that it is too late to get a chimney cleaning in the winter or if it has already started snowing. This is completely false. You can get a chimney cleaning at any time of the year and even if there is snow on the ground. If you need a chimney cleaning, don’t delay or wait for it to warm up or cool down. Schedule one right away and leave your worries behind.
Should You Clean Your Chimney Yourself?
We strongly advise against trying to clean chimneys yourself. You may be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals, soot and dust. You might not also do a complete job like a professional. Also keep in mind, that brushes or tools you use to clean can get stuck in the chimney and cause a blockage. It is best to leave the job to a pro.
Let Dr. Duct Clean Your Chimney
Dr. Duct is chimney, vent and duct cleaning company located in Navon, Ontario just outside of the city of Ottawa. With over a decade of experience Dr. Duct we are committed to providing the very best duct and chimney cleaning services in the greater Ottawa area. Call us at 613-845-0707 to schedule a cleaning or an inspection of your chimney.
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