To protect your property from the risk of fire, you should regularly undertake chimney cleaning. There are many methods that you can use to clean the chimney. They include:
Top to bottom chimney cleaning method
Here you need to get to the roof and then insert the brush into the chimney. Using up and down motions you should begin scrubbing the flue. If the brush is short thus can’t reach down the chimney, connect it to the extension rod. You should continue cleaning the chimney in this motion until the entire chimney is clean. To give your chimney a thorough cleaning it’s recommended that you use a vacuum cleaner.
When you are on the roof, be careful that you don’t fall. If you feel that the roof is unsafe for you, avoid cleaning the chimney in the up and down method and use alternative methods.
Cleaning the chimney using the weight method
This is where you attach a weight on the cleaning brush and then drop the weight and the brush from the top of the chimney. Chimney contractors recommend this method of chimney sweeping when the chimney is too long. When attaching the weight, be cautious that it isn’t too large thus giving you difficulty controlling it. Using a weight that is too large can also result to damage of your chimney. To avoid damaging your chimney, carefully lower the weight down the chimney along the inner side walls. You should then move the weight up and down until the entire chimney is clean.
Cleaning the chimney from the bottom up
This cleaning alternative is recommended when the roof is unstable or you are scared of going up the roof. What you need to do is attach your brush to an extension rod and then move the brush in up and down motions while scrubbing clean the chimney. If your chimney is too long, attach another extension rod.
Use the two person’s cleaning method
The cleaning method is loved by many people as it’s fast and highly effective. From its name, it involves two people: one person stays at the base of the chimney while the other goes to the roof. What you need to do is attach a rope to both sides of the brush and pull it up and down the chimney. When using this method, be cautious of the brush that you use. Chimney repair professionals recommend that you avoid a brush that is too small or too large thus causing problems during cleaning.
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