How to determine whether chimney needs cleaning?
How do I know whether my chimney needs to be cleaned? My fireplace hasn't been used in years but I would like to use it. Last year I hired a chimney cleaner to clean my furnace flue and it didn't work out too well--he broke a water pipe on my furnace, left soot all over the floor and then my furnace man said he hadn't even cleaned the flue, so I am reluctant to get another chimney cleaner if I don't need one. (How do I find a good chimney cleaner would be the next question.) Thanks.