Chimney sweeping is the process of removing soot, creosote, and other debris from the inside of a chimney. This is typically done for the purpose of maintaining the safety and efficiency of a wood stove or fireplace.
Chimney sweeps use a variety of tools, including brushes, vacuums, and rods, to reach inside the chimney and remove any build-up. The process can be physically demanding, as chimney sweeps often have to climb ladders and crawl through small spaces to reach all areas of the chimney.
In addition to removing debris, chimney sweeps also perform inspections to ensure the overall safety and functionality of the chimney. This may include checking for cracks or other damage, as well as checking the flue for proper ventilation.
It is recommended to have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more often if you use your wood stove frequently. Neglecting to properly maintain your chimney can lead to dangerous situations, such as chimney fires or carbon monoxide build-up. A clean and properly functioning chimney can also increase the efficiency of your wood stove, saving you money on heating costs.