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Rosemarys 01-29-2013 11:55 PM

How to clean a chimney
Hello, just purchased a new home and need to find out all the information I need to sweep and clean the chimney myself. Is anyone a pro at this and can give me some info? Costs? Materials? Cheaper ways? Time consuming? Haven't moved in yet but would like to be prepared. Thank you! =D

joecaption 01-30-2013 12:16 AM

I would not do it.
Hire a sweep and there not only going to have all the equipment to do it right and not leave a mess but there going to be inspecting it for cracks or anything else from top to bottom that might cause a roof leak or fire.

Bumpr1080 01-30-2013 01:35 AM

Are we talking a traditional chimney or a simple metal piping stack?
The circular jobs (from wood stoves) are very easy to clean.

Bondo 01-30-2013 06:15 AM

Ayuh,... At a bare minimum ya need a ladder that'll get ya to the top of the chimney, a brush of the proper size, 'n enough handle sections for it to reach to the bottom of the flue...

Blondesense 01-30-2013 12:00 PM

There are kits and tools that will let you do it yourself, but for safety's sake I would have a professional do it the first time. Like Joe said, a professional can inspect it for problems or defects that your home inspection wouldn't catch.
Look for someone licensed and experienced. A place that sells and installs fireplace inserts is a good place to start your search.

Rosemarys 01-30-2013 11:59 PM

Thanks for all the responses -

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