Many people brush their teeth before going to the dentist or clean their house before the housekeeper comes. It should come as no surprise that preparing your home for a chimney sweep is just as appreciated by professionals. There are many times that a chimney sweep arrives to do their job only to find that there are several other steps that must be done, such as moving furniture and removing items from mantels. While a professional will always do what’s necessary to get the job done right, there are a few things you can do to help make the process as painless as possible for everyone involved.
Avoid Using the Chimney for 24 to 48 hours
Chimney sweeps will need a fireplace that is cool to the touch for inspection. A hot fireplace is a hazard for the chimney sweep. If the fireplace is not cool, you risk receiving an incomplete cleaning or delaying your inspection & wasting valuable time.
Put away your knickknacks.
If you have priceless items on your mantel, be sure to move them to a temporary spot away from the chimney to keep them safe from accidents during chimney cleaning & inspection. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and the only way to avoid them entirely is to remove all treasured family pieces from the work area.
Consider removing logs and ash from the firebox
Removing logs and ash can help the chimney sweep provide a thorough inspection. It can also help mitigate the amount of dust and ash that might escape outside of the chimney during cleaning or inspection. Starting with a relatively clean slate will allow your professional to focus on problem areas and make them easier to spot.
Guard your Furniture
Our chimney sweeps are CSIA certified and will take great care to cover floors and use high-powered vacuums to make sure your home looks exactly the way it did before the inspection. However, if you are concerned about your antique rug or white velvet sofa it wouldn’t hurt to be extra cautious and cover these items before your chimney sweep arrives.
Keep in mind that there may be extra equipment needed for your cleaning or inspection. Make way by removing anything on the floor in front of your fireplace. Your professionals will want to put down a drop cloth so removing toys and other items from the floor will make that process easier.
Be sure and let your chimney sweep know of any questions or concerns you may have. Mention cracks, smells, sounds, etc so that he knows where to focus his time. Knowing the exact issues that you encounter can guarantee that your specific needs are addressed.