Preparing For Winter: Clean The Chimney

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Safety Tips

Winter and snow tends to bring to mind images of curling up on the couch next to the fireplace. Before winter sets in, it might be a good idea to clean your chimney. Ash and soot can build up in the chimney, Making your warm, winter fire a health and safety hazard.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The build up from soot and ash narrows the opening in the chimney, leaving less room for the smoke to get out. If the smoke and toxic air can’t get out going up the chimney, it will makes it way out into your living room. Not only could you be smoked out, but you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is also a good time to make sure your chimney flues are cleared of soot, ash, and cresote as well. The chimney flue is designed specifically to vent the exhaust gases from the fire out the chimney.

Chimney Fires

Usually behind the ash and soot is a build up of what is called cresote in the chimney. When you sweep the chimney, be sure to sweep this out as well. It’s a little more difficult to remove, but necessary to remove to prevent chimney fires. Cresote is the primary fuel needed to create a chimney fire. The chimney fire will soon spread to the rest of the house. Cleaning your chimney regularly will help prevent these hazards from occurring.  At Bunce Rental, we carry chimney sweep brushes, handles, and ladders to help you get the job done.

To learn more about how to clean your chimney, there are plenty of resources available including the following links…

The Family Handyman also provides you with some insight in how to tell if your chimney is in need of cleaning.

You can always call and talk to our staff to learn more about cleaning your chimney at any of our locations.


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