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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
 

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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.
 

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

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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...
 

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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.
 
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