Cleaning of home is one of the major and the most important tasks in the home maintenance domain. Although cleaning of home is done on a regularly basis but some areas are there whose cleaning is not possible on a day-to-day basis. One such place is the chimney.
After the winter season, every one of us wants our chimney to be as clean as new. Chimney cleaning not only requires professional skills for the task, but also the knowledge of chimney and the kind of brushes used for cleaning it. In case you are going to clean chimney yourself its better to use sweep brushes.
So here are four tips for buying chimney sweep brushes.
1. Height: Its one of the most important criteria when you are going to buy a chimney sweep brush. If the height of your chimney is higher that the average, you should always look for a brush which is long enough to clean the entire chimney. Never buy a brush which is longer than your chimney because it's not going to work for it and would be rendered useless. Many a times the height comes in the form of small sections so make sure you have enough sections to go to the top of chimney from the fire chamber.
2. Rod: When we are done with the selection of height of the chimney, the next thing which we have to look for is the rod. It is a known fact that these rods are cut into small sections. There are many types of rods present in the market these days, but the two most popular and durable ones are fiberglass rod and polypropylene rod. If we have a straight chimney, then its better to use fiberglass rod as they are much stiffer and relatively hard. In case the chimney is slightly bent, use polypropylene rod as they are more flexible and can be used with sweep brushes.
3. Size: One of the other things which should be kept in mind while buying a chimney sweep brush is its size. If your chimney is big enough, then always go for a big brush as a small one will not cover the whole area and if chimney is small go in for a smaller one since the big one will get stuck in it. In short, the size of sweep brush should be according to the size of your chimney.
4. Type: The most important thing is to get to know which type of sweep brush is going to work for your chimney. If the residue inside the chimney is thick, look for the hard-wired brush as they can take the residue off effectively and easily. If you have to do lighter cleaning, you can opt for spiral or double-sided brushes.
With these tips and some general measures, selecting the right sweep brush should not be a big deal, thus is turn making your chimney cleaning experience a pleasant one.