When we think of chimney sweeps, we tend to think of an antiquated job that no longer has a place in modern society. This is entirely untrue. If you have a chimney, then you still need chimney sweep Maryland services.
Plenty of homes are still equipped with traditional fireplaces, even with the invention of gas or electric ones. In fact, a sizable portion of homeowners list a fireplace as one of those features they desire their house to have when purchasing. Others may even go so far as to have one installed when their home is lacking one.
The reason behind this is simple. Fireplaces offer both comfort and warmth. There is something nostalgically romantic about curling up in front of the fireplace with your loved one, or an enjoyable book and your cup of tea.
Those fireplaces can and do get dirty, however, and require a thorough cleaning at least once a year. In northern areas with extended winters or year-round cold temperatures, you may need a thorough cleaning as much as two or three times a year.
Cleaning a fireplace is no easy task and it is certainly a dirty one. Just think of how soot-covered the sweeps in Mary Poppins were, and you can get an understanding of just how dirty. Things haven’t changed much, either.
You see, when wood is burned inside your fireplace it releases smoke up the ‘stack’ or part of your chimney you can see sticking from your roof. This smoke has residue which glides up with it, thus causing a major amount of soot to be left behind. This soot is a fire hazard if too much accumulates, allowing fire to burn inside your stack itself.
This soot causes coughing or lung irritation when inhaled, and only trained chimney sweeps are equipped to handle this hazard.