Otthilda Becker. chimney ideas. April 19th , 2018.
Take a flashlight and peer inside the chimney flute. Use a pencil or plastic knife to scrape off a bit of the creosote that has accumulated on the side of the chimney. If it is 1 8 inch thick or thicker, it's time for a cleaning.
A plastic tarp or drop cloth for use inside your house. A ladder tall enough to reach your roof, if you plan to clean your chimney from the top down. A broom and dustpan. A dust mask and goggles.
Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home, preferably on each floor, and particularly in sleeping areas. These can indicate a venting problem. Check them regularly to be sure that your family is not exposed to even low levels of carbon monoxide.
If you feel any trepidation at the thought of climbing a ladder or standing on your roof, clean your chimney from the bottom instead, using the method outlined below. If you are unsure about the quality of your roof, or if your roof is slanted and you are not sure you will be able to keep your balance, use the other method.
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