The average person will spend 13 hours a week cleaning their home top to bottom to keep it germ free and safe for their family. However, one of the biggest dangers your home can face is an unclean chimney, an area of the home that is more often than not forgotten. Every year, people’s lives and homes are destroyed by the damage that unclean chimneys can inflict, damage which could easily be avoided by simple chimney maintenance.

Regular chimney cleaning is vital to keep the chimney and the flue working to maximum efficiency. Without which the smoke and harmful gases are unable to be drawn from the home which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke damage to the home and chimney fires.

What many homeowners don’t know is that the smoke and gases that rise through the chimney will often condense on the sides of the flue. Over time, this build up named creosote will form into a thick layer and run the risk of catching fire at any time. Chimney fires can spread across your home extremely quickly without you even knowing there is a fire at all.

Equally, if the build-up of creosote gets too thick it can reduce the draft in the chimney. This means that carbon monoxide that is produced during combustion isn’t able to safely escape the home and may be forced through the walls or back down the chimney and into your home.

In terms of how often you should have your chimney cleaned, it is advised by cleaning specialists that you regularly check your chimney after every use for creosote build-up. Creosote will often have a blackish brown appearance and can come in many forms, sometimes it may flake off when you touch it, other times it may be stickier and tar like. The important thing is to measure how much of the material has built up to decipher if it in fact needs cleaning.

It is also advisable to find a chimney cleaning service to carry out the job as opposed to attempting it yourself and putting yourself in danger. Sooty and Sweeps offers chimney sweeping in London and Kent.