When to Clean a Chimney

Contact a Chimney Service to Help You with Your Project

If you have a chimney at home, you should know what basic maintenance is needed. However, in this blog post, we will explain to you when and why you should clean your chimney. This job needs to be done by a professional chimney service.

There is no rule of thumb to tell when the chimney needs to be cleaned; however, professionals recommend cleaning it every year before winter comes. When you see that the wood is not burning well, it may be due to a lack of oxygen. This is a clear symptom that your chimney needs to be cleaned.

If you want to check the creosote of the chimney yourself, first make sure there is no downdraft from the fireplace, and if you feel a flow of air, open a door or window in the same floor until the downdraft stops. Put on a pair of goggles and a dust mask before getting inside the fireplace to check the creosote. If the groove you scratch is paper thin, no cleaning is needed. On the other hand, if the groove layer is very thick, don’t wait until next year, contact a chimney service before the winter comes.

If you have recently purchased a house and you are not certain when the owners did a chimney inspection last, we strongly recommend that you hire a chimney service to get it checked before you start using the fireplace. It is not only about cleaning the creosote of the chimney, but also about getting the venting system inspected. A proper inspection will make sure that your chimney is in good working order.


If you are looking for a reliable chimney service, you have come to the right place! Flathead Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services offers the best service in Coram, MT. Call us now for a free estimate (406) 249-5732.