A chimney sweeping log or a creosote sweeping log doesn’t do the same thing as a certified chimney sweep. It would be nice if you could pick up one of these logs at the hardware store or supermarket for your Indianapolis home and keep your chimney clear of creosote buildup. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The Chimney Safety Institute of America states that chemical cleaners like chimney sweeping logs need to be used in addition to service from a qualified professional.

You Still Need an Annual Chimney Inspection and Sweep

Even if you use a chimney sweeping log on a regular basis, you still need to have a certified chimney sweep visit your home each year. Industry professionals recommend an annual inspection and cleaning for all homes that have a chimney and fireplace. A certified professional will start with an inspection of all areas of your chimney looking for debris, obstructions or threats to the integrity of the structure. From there he or she will clean the flue and remove the buildup of creosote inside the chimney.

Chimney Sweeping Logs Can Help

Chimney sweeping logs were designed to reduce the amount of creosote buildup in the fireplace and chimney with the end goal of making your fireplace safer and more efficient. For the most part, they do a decent job. The chemical logs will help dry out creosote and reduce the amount of buildup, but they can’t get everything a chimney sweep can. Additionally, a chimney sweeping log can’t provide you with the inspection service that a certified professional can. An annual inspection is paramount for keeping your chimney in top condition, and it’s imperative you hire a pro.

At Brick + Ember Outfitters (B+E) we have a team of certified chimney sweep professionals who can help you get the annual service you need. We offer an $89 chimney inspection and sweep service, which is much lower than most companies charge. If you’ve paid more in the past or experience unsatisfactory service from other chimney professionals in the Indianapolis area, give us a call today.