Asked by: Ronald Macatrooasked in category: General Last Updated: 5th June, 2020
What happens if you don't sweep your chimney?
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Considering this, what happens if you don't sweep your chimney?
If you don't clean your chimney, you are putting yourself at risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. The build up of soot, creosote and tar can block fumes from escaping and ignite under heat.
Also, how often do you need a chimney sweep? This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.
Similarly, you may ask, do you need to clean your chimney if you don't use your fireplace?
If you do not use your chimney, you may not have to clean it as often, but you still should have a professional inspect and sweep your chimney to make sure it is safe. Chimney damage can occur, even if you do not use it.
How do I know if my chimney needs sweeping?
The following signs indicate a chimney in need of a cleaning:
- Burned wood odors coming from the fireplace when it's not being used.
- Fires that seem to burn poorly or that dump a bunch of smoke into the room.
- A black damper. Since it sits right above the firebox, the damper is often the easiest thing to see and reach.