While professional chimney sweeps provide a valuable service, as a homeowner you can perform many of the same tasks as a chimney sweep and save significant amounts of money by doing so. Read on for three common chimney sweep services that you can do yourself.
DIY Chimney Maintenance Projects You Can Do
1. Install a chimney cap
Chimney sweeps commonly install chimney caps, but if you can get on your roof, you can install a chimney cap and save the expense of paying the sweep. Most caps fasten with just four screws, making installation extremely easy. And picking out the right cap for your chimney is just as easy with our Chimney Cap Easy Measure Guide. Our chimney caps are the same high quality caps chimney sweeps sell, but at much lower prices.
2. Inspect the exterior of your chimney for cracks
Over time masonry work will deteriorate and require periodic maintenance. Just like with chimney caps, if you can get on your roof, you can do this work yourself and save money.
Inspect the exterior brickwork and mortar joints for cracks and other damage. You’ll want to fix those cracks before they expand and go from a minor fix to a major problem. Mortar cracks up to 1/8” wide can be easily repaired with CrackMagik. CrackMagik keeps water out of cracks, preventing them from expanding, but allows internal moisture in the brickwork to escape.
3. Look for and repair chimney crown damage
A chimney sweep will also inspect the crown of your chimney for damage. Much like with cracks in mortar joints, cracks should be repaired to prevent any further damage.
FireplaceMall sells the same repair products many chimney sweeps use, and they are easy to apply, so you can save the cost of hiring a sweep by doing the work yourself. Use CrownCoat for small cracks and CrownSeal for larger cracks and even missing pieces of crown.
Professional chimney sweeps provide an important service by removing creosote from the lining of your chimney and inspecting the structure of the flue for damage. However, you can save significant amounts of money by doing much of the other work yourself.