Cleaning and Repairing the Chimney
Owning a house with a fireplace has its reward But have you ever asked yourself what would happen if the chimney at the fireplace was not there or malfunctioned? No chimney means no fire hence no warmth. You house will be full of gasses and smoke if you go ahead to light the usual fire you are accustomed to. That uncomfortable feeling of breathing smoke is very dangerous. Thus, start by treating the chimney with the respect it deserves.
A chimney, just like any other part of the house, needs constant cleaning. Regular inspections of the chimney are essential. Carrying out regular maintenance on the chimney and looking after it is only possible if you take the chimney serious. Choosing to neglect the chimney will later cost you a lot.
During cleaning, you have to look at the main pipe. Remove anything clogging the pipe so that the smoke will be drawn away from the room. Keep your house free of those gasses by ensuring that the passage is always open.
On top of the house, there are bricks that you should check out. These can be damaged by birds, strong winds and heavy rains. If there are any cracks and unwanted openings, seal them and replace all those missing bricks. This will protect your ceiling and walls from outside moisture. Mold can result from the moisture buildup, and it can cause health problems for those living there and to some extent damage the structure of the house.
If you want your chimney to have a long life, give it constant maintenance. It will also prevent any leakage that might be a problem to the residents of the house. Before you carry out ant repair, you can ask for tips from the experts or just hire one to help you. Get training for the same or buy a book with the guidance for doing the repairs and maintenance.
The cleaning and repairs must be done using the proper tools. For instance, repairing the holes or cracks in brick chimneys will require you to have mortar as it’s a good binding agent. Seal the openings and cracks and give it time to harden.
A steel brush is a good tool for cleaning. The steel brush must be fit for your chimney. The size of the chimney will guide on the size of steel brush to get from the stores.
Chimneys have openings where the debris and dirt from the chimney will come out and also cleaning allowances. During cleaning, open that outlet and direct all the rubbish that way. This will keep the fireplace clean. Remove all blocking the cap and screen.