There are some home care projects that the average homeowner can easily take care of themselves. If you live in a home with a chimney, you may be wondering if chimney care is one of those projects. The truth is that chimney care is a project best left to the professionals and here’s why:
Chimney care can be a dangerous endeavor. If you breathe in the soot and creosote that build up in your chimney, that can cause serious health consequences. Also, plenty of chimney care requires spending time on the roof which poses the obvious danger of falling from a ladder or tall height. If you try to take care of your chimney yourself, you’re assuming all those risks when you don’t have to. A team of professional chimney sweeps is trained to deal with all the potential dangers that arise from chimney cleaning. They have the proper tools and insurance to cover any costs in the unlikely case of an accident. The safer choice for you and your family is to hire a professional to handle your chimney care.
Even if cleaning your chimney seems relatively simple, the work can be more complicated than it appears. An experienced chimney sweep professional has knowledge and expertise that the average person simply does not have. That knowledge could make the difference between completing the job properly and doing incomplete work or even causing additional problems. Experienced chimney sweeps know how to handle any problems that arise in the process of cleaning your chimney and will leave your chimney in the best possible shape.
The right tools go a long way toward making sure things go smoothly. Chimney care is no exception. To be able to properly clean your chimney, you would need to go out and purchase a variety of new tools like brushes and drop cloths. Commercial vacuums, for example, can make a big difference when it comes time to clean up. When you hire a professional chimney sweep, they will just bring all the proper tools they need.
You may think that doing your chimney cleaning and maintenance will save you money. After all, that way you don’t have to shell out the costs for a professional. The reality is that many people who try to DIY their chimney care end up doing damage or an inadequate job that will cost them more in the long run. If there’s still a chunk of creosote left in your chimney after you clean it, for example, then there will be a significant fire risk the next time you use the fireplace and you may not even know it. The cost of hiring a professional is much less than what you’d have to pay to fix a costly mistake like that. Plus, the value of peace of mind can’t be calculated.
Even if you were able to complete the process of chimney care yourself, a professional will be able to do it much faster and cleaner. Rather than letting the whole filthy process drag on and on when you try to do it yourself, let a professional speed everything up for you.
If you have a warranty on your roof, you may inadvertently void it by working on your chimney as a non-professional. When your roof was installed, you may have gotten a warranty either from the installers or the manufacturers of the roofing materials. That warranty can be very valuable in the long term if you ever sustain damage to your roof, so you obviously don’t want to void it. You’d have to read the terms of your warranty carefully but many stipulate that the warranty will be null and void if a non-professional goes up on the roof. Since going on the roof to work on the chimney is often a necessary part of chimney care, that’s just yet another reason to leave chimney care to the professionals.
Don’t Hesitate to Hire a Professional Chimney Sweep
A professional chimney sweep will provide full-service chimney care that gives you and your family peace of mind. If that’s not a worthy investment, what is? Still, you need to be sure to hire a reputable chimney sweep with experience in the industry. Look no further than Sweep Your Chimney. We’ve been in the industry for years and have seen and done it all. Your chimney will be in good hands with us. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.