How to Tell if a Chimney Needs to be Cleaned

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If you have a coal or wood-burning stove or a fireplace, you will need to do periodic chimney cleaning. While there’s nothing like a fire on a cold winter’s night to create an ambiance of warmth and coziness, the by-products include creosote and soot deposits in the inside of your chimney or flue pipe. This black, sticky layer of creosote is highly flammable if not removed; therefore, it is important to have a regular maintenance program for your chimney.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that a professional inspection of your chimney is performed once each year. The following questions will assist you in knowing whether or not its time to have your chimney cleaned:

#1 – Does the Fire Starts Too Slowly?

Are your fires are starting very slowly or are not burning brightly?

#2 – Is Smoke Filling the Room?

Is smoke filling the room when the fire is lit?

#3 – Is Smoke the Filling House?

When a door is opened to your house and a fire is burning, does smoke fill the entire house?

#4 – Do You Detect Cold Air or Bad Odors?

When your stove or fireplace isn’t being used, do you feel a rush of cold air or bad odors emitting from your chimney?