Fireplace: Clean and Inspect Fireplace Chimney

Routine Care

Chimney fires can be very dangerous. This task will help prevent them.

This task reduces the risk of having to replace bulbs in bad weather.

And it also ensures the safety and beauty that your outside lighting is intended to have.

Timing: June (yearly)

How To

Typically for $90 to $150 , a professional chimney sweep will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney and check for defects. Or you can do the work yourself if you have the proper brushes and vacuums and don’t mind the mess or hassle.

The tasks include:

Inspect for creosote deposits in the flue. If greater than 1/8″ in thickness, then the chimney flue should be cleaned.

Check the firebox for damaged brick or mortar.

Check the damper for operation and snug fit. Also inspect for cracks, pitting or rusted-out sections.

Check the flue for broken or damaged bricks on the flue liner. Cracking is a sign that there has been a flue fire and is a potentially serious problem.


The benefits of this task are high, as it helps prevent dangerous and costly chimney fires.


The cost of this task is moderate, and requires the scheduling of a qualified chimney sweep.


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