How to Sweep Your Own Chimney

Chimney sweeping is a notoriously dirty job, but it is necessary for preventing chimney fires. This is why hiring a chimney sweep to do the job is generally the best option. However, if you prefer to DIY it, here’s how.

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First off, you will need to be on the roof, so only attempt this if you are comfortable with heights.

To start, you will need to know the size and shape of your chimney. Most hardware stores will have steel chimney brushes for about $20, and it should fit snuggly inside the chimney.

You will also need to buy a fiberglass rod to connect to the brush so it can reach the bottom of your chimney. Each rod is four feet in length for about $8 each, so plan on buying a few of them.

Ensure the doors to your fireplace are closed to prevent debris from getting into your home. Then, head up to your roof and remove the chimney cap. From there, insert the brush into the chimney and slowly work it down, scrubbing vigorously. Connect the fiberglass rods as you need them until you reach the bottom.

All you need to do after that is clean the debris out of your woodstove with a shop vac, and your chimney is clean!


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