The primary role of a chimney sweeps is to clean chimneys effectively, to remove unwanted gas emissions and smoke from fireplaces, smoke vents and flue systems and to prevent soot fires and other associated fires from starting. Fireplaces, chimneys and vent systems all require careful handling and should be treated with utmost care. The main task of a sweep is to ensure that all of these areas are properly cleaned and maintained.
There are three types of chimneys: open-vented, vented and ventless. Open-vented chimneys are generally used for cooking and not as a heat source like a fireplace. Vented chimneys are usually placed close to the wall and allow the smoke from the fire to exit the building through small openings. Ventless chimneys do not allow smoke or gas from the fireplace to escape. These are generally placed in the front part of the house and are connected to a central system. In most cases, a regular inspection will be necessary to detect problems early.
A chimney sweep carries out a variety of tasks to ensure the cleanliness of the chimney and the safety of the residents to ensure no health issues may arise due to debris trapped in the chimney or other such issues.
Fire risks are also checked on a regular basis to detect any problems that may be causing danger to the lives of the people living in the area. The analysis also involves the use of several factors like: the design and size of the fireplace; the fuel that were used for the burning; the age and condition of the chimney; the size of the fireplace; its history and previous usage; and the location of the firebox.
Chimney sweeps make use of special tools to check the exterior of the chimneys and their maintenance in order to keep them safe and efficient for all residents. Fire and health risks can be easily prevented by calling in a professional chimney cleaning service. This ensures that the chimneys are properly maintained and safe for use by all residents.