Benefits of Chimney Cleaning
A clean chimney yields multiple benefits*, including increased efficiency as well as the prevention of fire, corrosion, and smoke.
- Prevent a chimney fire. A chimney fire is an out-of-control fire that can reach a temperature of over 2,000 degrees. It can damage a chimney and start a house fire.
- Prevent corrosion of the chimney system. Soot and creosote are acidic and will deteriorate metal and mortar. In "the old days", fireplace ashes were a known caustic substance and lye was made by dripping water through ash.
- Prevent smoke problems. The build-up of soot and creosote in a chimney reduces its diameter and restricts its flow capacity.
- Increase efficiency. The build-up of soot and creosote in a chimney can also affect the optimum draft for efficient heating. In wood stoves, soot and creosote can act as an insulator and restrict the full amount of heat produced from entering the room.
- Reduce foul odors. Soot and creosote can smell awful, especially in wet weather.
- Promote better inspections of the chimney system. Soot and creosote can cover up cracks and other damage and deterioration in a chimney, so it is recommended that a chimney be cleaned in order to do a proper inspection.
- Bonus benefit: Good luck. Chimney sweeps are considered omens of good luck, and the superstitions abound. Might you receive good luck from Jeff the Chimney Sweep?
* The benefits listed in items 1 through 6 above can be found in the Reference Manual for the Certified Chimney Sweep Program of the Chimney Safety Institute of America.