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Thinking Of Cleaning Your Chimney Yourself

- Friday, August 13, 2010

Thinking Of Cleaning Your Chimney Yourself? Read This first.

It's important to clean your chimney after a long winter of using your fireplace. If you don't want to have it done professionally, we do offer chimney sweep kits to do-it-yourself. The task of cleaning your own chimney can be a very long and tedious one, it is recommended that you hire the professionals here at Fireplace Showcase, however if you insist on doing it yourself consider these tips before you buy the brushes.

One of the first things you need to think about when buying chimney sweep brushes is the height of your chimney. You will have to measure the height of your chimney from the smoke chamber to the very top. The rods used for chimney sweep brushes come in sections that measure from three to six feet. You need to make sure you buy enough sections so that the brush will be long to cover the height of your chimney.

You will also have to choose from different types of rods when you buy chimney sweep brushes. Fiberglass roads are stiffer and suitable for straight chimneys. Chimney sweep brushes with rods made of polypropylene will be more flexible.

One of the next things you will need to consider when buying chimney sweep brushes is the size. If you buy a brush that is too small for your chimney, it won't clean it properly.

One of the final things you need to consider when buying chimney sweep brushes is the type. If there isn't a heavy buildup or creosote in your chimney, you can get the job down with a standard wire brush. However, if the buildup is heavy, you will need to use flat chimney sweep brushes.

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