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December 23, 2011 by - 0 Comments
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If someone comes by offering to do chimney cleaning for a really low price, don’t let celluloid memories influence your decisions. The image of Dick Van Dyke’s character singing how “luck will rub off when I shakes hands with you” may be charming but the low prices you’re offered can be just as false. A chimney inspection could start at $75, not $39, and cleaning might take about an hour and cost around $150. You might be able to get a free chimney inspection from your local fire department.
As with any other contractor, don’t rush into a deal. Get two or three bids, and always check references. Since they will be up on your roof, check their liability insurance and find out if they need to be licensed. A clean chimney is important as creosote buildup can catch fire. When a roofer comes out to do an inspection and see if you need roof repair, they may also find problems in the making.
So how often should you sweep? If you only use your chimney once a week for a few hours, you may be able to go a few years between cleaning. Using properly seasoned wood, (meaning dry wood) means you will get more heat from your wood, and less creosote buildup in the chimney. Creosote is the unburned particles in smoke that condense inside the chimney flue. Properly seasoned wood burns hotly and a hot fire keeps the flue hot, reducing the need for frequent chimney cleaning.
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