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Having a wood fire burning in your fireplace all winter long can save you on your electric bills, not to mention the nice homey feel it can give your house. However when smoke goes up a chimney, it leaves behind ash and carbon residue. These residues need to be cleaned out periodically, or they can result in chimney fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and lack of airflow though the chimney to the outside. You may wonder what the cost is to have a chimney sweep clean out your chimney, and a number of factors influence the price for cleaning it.
How often do you use your fireplace?
If you use your fireplace four or more times a week, you will need the chimney cleaned on a regular basis to guard against build-up. It is best to have a chimney sweep come to your home to do an assessment of what is needed before you plan on how often you will have a chimney cleaning. This will be the single-most important factor in the cost of your chimney's upkeep as it will determine how often a chimney sweeper comes to your home.
How steep is your roof?
A chimney sweep must clean your chimney on both the inside and outside of your home. The outside portion involves climbing on your roof and cleaning down the chimney for as far as he can reach. If you have a particularly high or steep roof that will make it either difficult to access by way of a ladder or especially difficult to climb on, then your chimney sweep may have extra fees involved in your cleaning. This is something to address with him before the beginning of the cleaning.
How long since your last cleaning?
Cleaning your chimney is an important task and must be done for the sake of your safety. If you haven't had your chimney cleaned in many years and use your fireplace regularly, the cost of the initial cleaning may be more expensive than any subsequent cleaning. Any build-up that has solidified over the years may be very difficult to remove and so the cleaning will need to be more extensive.
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