Help for the Fireplace Shopper

How to Clean a Masonry Chimney

Thursday, July 23, 2009 Posted by Stephanie H.

If you have a masonry chimney the cleaning procedure for it will differ from that of a metal or pre-fabricated chimney. However – you will still need the same type of chimney cleaning materials.

Cleaning your masonry chimney will be a bit easier than cleaning a metal or pre-fabricated chimney – you won’t have to go onto the roof! However – the downfall from cleaning inside your house is that it is much messier – so make sure to cover up furniture and flooring.

1. First you will need to make sure that you are outfitted in the appropriate attire. It is important that you are also wearing some sort of eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask.

2. You will need to measure the inner flue liner dimensions in both directions. It’s important that you obtain the correct size brushes – if they are too small they will not apply enough pressure to your chimney walls and if they are too large they can get stuck.

3. Connect your rods and brush, and place them into the opening of your fireplace and into the chimney. Brush on all sides in short up-and-down motions to break up the creosote buildup. Make sure to do this multiple times.

4. Next, you can take a vacuum and try to suck up any excess or loose creosote from the inside walls of your chimney and fireplace. Also make sure to vacuum any gunk that had fallen during the cleaning process.

If you use your chimney regularly during the winter seasons, you should clean it around twice a month to get maximum usage from it. Also, use chimney cleaning products that can help reduce your need to clean the chimney with brushes. Regular chimney cleanings and maintenance will help to increase the longevity of your fireplace.

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