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At Chimney Direct we carry chimney cleaning rods and brushes that will get the job done in any situation and we can help with it. We have different cleaning tools that make any cleaning job easier and more efficient. For those needing chimney cleaning equipment for cleaning round metal chimneys from the bottom, we have the proflex chimney rods and the sweeps all chimney brushes, which come in a variety of sizes. These brushes and rods are flexible so they can be bent and pushed through small openings where traditional brushes and rods cannot.
Many of our customers ask us if they can clean the chimney from the bottom and avoid going up on the roof or ladder. For fireplaces, if the damper bisects the bottom of the chimney in half the proflex rods and sweeps all brushes can be used. The SweepsAll brushes are soft and oversized so they can be pushed past the damper and will then pop back open to clean the flue.
When selecting a chimney rod you need to know how much strength or flexiblity is needed and if the chimney cleaning will be done from the top of the chimney or from inside the house. The 3/8" Pro-Sweep rods are our most popular due to the medium flexiblity, ease of use and value. As far as quality, the 1/4 " homeowner grade brushes and rods are the lower cost alternative to the 3/8" professional grade which is stronger and will last longer. The homeowner grade will get the job done but the professional grade will clean easier and quicker. If the chimney cleaning needs to be done from the bottom of the chimney and flexibility for turns is required, the Proflex rods are the right choice. For jobs that require extra strength and no flexibility the heavy-duty pro rods should be used.
How often your chimney needs to be cleaned depends on several factors. The type and quality of wood burned, how often it is being used and if it is a fireplace or woodstove. The combination of these factors determine the amount of leftover carbon molecules from the wood that failed to get burned and rise up on the hot air in the chimney. Some make it out of the chimney, while others don't and stick to the interior of the chimney on their way up. How much of it determines the amount of build-up of creosote and effort to remove it.
To remove this buildup correctly, cleanly, and safely, simply do the following:
Using a strong spotlight, look up or down the flue to determine the level of creosote in the chimney. If it is a dusty, soft and grayish/black buildup it can be easily removed with the proper sized chimney brush. On the other hand, if it is hard, black and shiny, it will be more difficult to remove and will require our prokleen chain system or a special spray-on powder that helps turn the tough black glaze to a more brittle state. It can then be removed with one of our flat wire heavy duty brushes.
The flue/chimney should be cleaned with either a metal or plastic brush. Orange clay flue tiles need to be cleaned with a wire brush, while round metal flues should be cleaned with a plastic brush to avoid scraping the metal surface. Obviously, before cleaning any chimney, make sure the opening into the house is closed and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to suck up the soot. We carry a specialized fireplace cover and ash vac under our accessory section.
Chimney cleaning is fairly simple. You attach a series of rods to the brush to lengthen it as you proceed up or down the chimney. Cleaning is best accomplished with short, forceful, plunging motions, which will allow the brush to do its job. When performing the cleaning from the interior of the house, we suggest our hearth country ash vacuum to help control the dust. When cleaning from the top, the bottom can be sealed up during the cleaning.