Sometimes its hard to know when its time to clean your chimney, a chimney can seem to be going completely fine and then next minute smoke is bellowing out of it into the house and you’re wondering “how did that happen?”. Now surely there must be signs to know when it needs a clean?
There are signs, and in this article, we are going to offer you a few suggestions that may show that it’s time to clean your chimney.
Be careful what you put in your chimney
Firstly, if smoke is building up in the house while using your chimney then I think that’s a pretty good sign that your chimney might need a good old cleaning, we’ll get that one out of the way first up but unfortunately not every suggestion is as simple as that. It can come down to not only signs from within the chimney but also what you’re putting in to it, if you are using un seasoned wood or just wood that can have a difficult time burning through, then it would pay to be more attentive to the idea of getting your chimney cleaned more frequently, wood in most instances requires about six months of moisture so it can burn through correctly.
Check your flue
Naturally there are a few things to pay attention to within the flue as well, if there is a build up of creosote with in your flue then it will require a clean. Creosote put simply is one of the remaining components in the leftovers when wood is burned, it is fact mostly made up of tar. This sticks and builds up in and around the flue, so it pays to check the flue and look for any thick and puffy creosote or even thin and flaky Creosote that can build up. This is a clear sign that its time to clean your chimney.
Damper always open?
Also think about how you use your chimney, if you keep the damper semi-open to keep your fire burning longer then that process can tend to block your chimney faster. If you keep your damper semi open every time you use your chimney, then it’s a good indicator to have your chimney checked or even look for the signs above in the flue.
The last thing you want is to cause any damage to the flue so it always pays to be cautious and have a check, it’s always surprising how much better a clean chimney performs. At the end of the day you want your chimney to operate at the best of its ability and by checking the tips above you’ll go a long way to making sure you’re getting the top results.