Black soot covering everyone and everything in its path as it falls out of the chimney and into the parlor is what many homeowners imagine when they think about having their chimney cleaned. Fortunately, today’s modern chimney sweeps take precautions and use equipment that prevents this type of disaster.
The public understands the importance of having a primary care physician. Now the public needs to be aware of the importance of having a primary care chimney doctor to annually inspect and clean when necessary any chimney in use with any heating device. The public is careful choosing its primary care physician. That same care should be used to choose their primary care chimney doctor.
Chimney fires can reach temperatures of over 2000 degrees. Our chimney may fail to contain this heat and radiate these high temperatures to the structure of our homes. The combustible areas surrounding your chimney may ignite resulting in a full scale structure fire. Many homeowners think because they do not burn wood on a regular basis, there is no danger.
Hearth and Chimney technology has changed since “August West” first started advertising in Mother Earth News in the 1970s. Modern appliances are much more sensitive, have control boards, electronic circuitry and UL listing requirements. Today’s “modern sweep” needs to be part electrician, hold multiple licenses and wear multiple hats.