The process of woodburning leaves a residue called creosote on the inside of the flue. Creosote is highly combustible, especially as buildup increases, and should be removed regularly with a chimney sweep. The process of chimney sweeping also removes any leaves, animal nesting, or other debris that's found its way into your chimney over time.
Before work begins, the technician will lay a tarp to protect the area of your home immediately surrounding the fireplace. During the process, he'll use a HEPA-filtered vacuum to collect any debris generated.
The job itself will be performed from either the fireplace (bottom-up) or the rooftop (top-down) using a chimney cleaning rod-and-brush system.
The chimney sweep service includes a level 1 inspection to check for the soundness of the structure, that all combustible deposits have been removed, that the damper is functioning correctly, and that a chimney cap is in place.