3 Tips for Cleaning Your Chimney


| 5/11/2016 4:40:00 PM


Tags: Cleaning, Chimney, Home Maintenance, Megan Wild,

Megan WildWith spring already upon us and summer quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to make any necessary repairs to your home's chimney. Since it's likely been working hard all winter long, it's important that you take some time to ensure the cleanliness and operability of your chimney before the weather becomes too hot.  

1. Cleaning via the Rod Method

The first technique we'll look at is also known as the rod method. A rather common practice, the rod method requires you to insert a chimney brush directly inside your chimney. The brush, which has an elongated handle, is then moved up and down in a vigorous, repeated motion.

When performing a chimney cleanse via the rod method, there are two different strategies you can use. The top-down approach, as the name implies, has you cleaning your chimney from the roof of your house. Conversely, the bottom-up method, which is far safer, lets you clean the chimney from the inside of your home. The downside of the bottom-up method really comes in the additional cleanup involved at the end of the job. However, with proper preparation, one can certainly minimize the amount of post-cleanup work involved.

2. Cleaning via Weights and Pulleys

Cleaning a chimney via weights and pulleys isn't quite as common as the rod method outlined above. A process that is typically reserved for taller chimney stacks that span multiple floors, this method requires you to set up a series of ropes, weights and pull rings, which can lower or raise the brush as needed. While it is a bit more involved and complicated than the traditional rod method, weights and pulleys are capable of doing a consistent and complete cleaning job.

In some cases, homeowners might opt to use the dual line method. Highly similar to the process of cleaning a chimney with weights and pulleys, the dual line method requires at least two individuals dedicated to the task. The first worker will take the chimney brush, which is attached to a rope, pull the ring on both ends and lower it into the chimney via the roof. Once through, the second worker takes hold of the free rope and, by taking turns with their partner on the roof, can pull the brush-up and down through the chimney.

In some cases, homeowners might opt to use the dual line method. Highly similar to the process of cleaning a chimney with weights and pulleys, the dual line method requires at least two individuals dedicated to the task. The first worker will take the chimney brush, which is attached to a rope, pull the ring on both ends and lower it into the chimney via the roof. Once through, the second worker takes hold of the free rope and, by taking turns with their partner on the roof, can pull the brush-up and down through the chimney.




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