If you’ve lived in the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area for at least one winter, then you sure know how great having a stove or fireplace is. Who doesn’t love a blazing fire on a chilly Sunday evening in late fall while watching the game?

That said, you want your system to be working well, otherwise you’re nice evening in is sure to go up in smoke – literally.

If you’re wondering about how to clean your chimney, you’ve come to the right spot. You’d be surprised how many customers we get that had no idea their chimney, fireplace or stove needed regular maintenance, like an inspection and sweeping each year. Luckily, Ozark Stove and Chimney has proudly been helping the residents of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas with their chimney and fireplace needs.

Why Do Chimneys Need To Be Cleaned?

You may be asking yourself if your chimney actually really needs to be cleaned …and the answer is yes!

tar-like creosote inside a chimney flue pipeKeeping your chimney cleaned (also known as a “chimney sweeping”) is the best way to make sure that your family and home are safer while using your fireplace, wood stove, or furnace. Whether you have a wood or gas-burning fireplace, stove, or other type of heating appliance that uses a chimney, having it cleaned and inspected at least once a year is a huge must.

Why? Well, your chimney’s main function is to provide a safe way for smoke and other unwanted byproducts produced when burning fuel to leave your home without impacting your living space. When you use your fireplace or stove, things like creosote build up inside your chimney which can be dangerous. Creosote is highly combustible and is typically the most common culprit when it comes to chimney fires.

Since your chimney funnels all these things outside, it is also susceptible to debris from outside like leaves and animal nests that can block the airflow your chimney needs to be effective. That’s why, here at Ozark Stove and Chimney, we recommend our customers have their chimneys inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

Do I Have to Hire a Professional Chimney Sweep?

We certainly get this question a lot. We know everyone loves a good DIY project, but we stand firm on our recommendation to have one of our expert chimney technicians handle your chimney cleaning and service needs.

It’s easy to think that this is a simple job you could do with a vacuum and a few swiffer dusters, but it’s actually a complex process that needs professional equipment. When you choose Ozark Stove and Chimney for your chimney maintenance needs you can rest assured our technicians have the necessary experience, training, and specialty tools to get the job done right the first time.

We also include a level 2 NFPA inspection, which utilizes an internal camera when we do your chimney cleaning. This is a great way for us to spot any potential issues, after which we can work with you to develop an action plan for taking care of them.

How Are Chimneys Cleaned?

Great question! When you choose Ozark Stove and Chimney to clean your chimney, you can count on quality service from start to finish.

a chimney technician laying on a drop cloth, cleaning a chimney from a home's interiorOur expert technicians will start by placing drop cloths down and setting up their equipment. They will then work to remove any creosote or soot build up, and they will also remove any debris or blockages they come across. We make sure to sweep your entire chimney system. This is why using a professional is truly the best way to clean your chimney.

Most people think that they can get by with just cleaning their fireplace’s firebox. The truth is, you need to make sure all parts are getting inspected and cleaned, including the smoke chamber, flue, smoke shelf, etc.

Our techs will also share the results of their inspection with you to go over any recommendations they have for corrective action, if needed. Finally, we make sure to leave your home so clean you wouldn’t have known we were even there.

Count On Us for Annual Chimney Maintenance

Keeping up with annual inspections and regular preventative maintenance is the best way to make sure you and your family can safely enjoy those cozy fires we all love so much. If you can’t remember the last time you had your chimney cleaned, then it’s time to pick up the phone and give Ozark Stove and Chimney a call at 417-201-6585.

Like we said before, the best way to clean your chimney is to leave it to our expert technicians. We’ve got your back when it comes to all things chimney or fireplace related. Call or book online with us today.