Signs That Your Chimney Needs Cleaning

Signs That Your Chimney Needs Cleaning

There’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than sitting in front of a nice warm fire while the snow is piling up outside. You know that the frigid Minneapolis winter will last at least three months, so it is essential to make sure you have it inspected and cleaned annually. Although you may think that just because you only use your fireplace a few times a year that it does not need to be cleaned or inspected, this line of thinking could spell tragedy for you and your family. Below is a list of signs that your chimney needs cleaning:

Fire Won’t Stay Burning

If you notice that you are having problems starting or maintaining a fire in your fireplace, then there may be a problem with your chimney. To keep a fire there needs to be proper airflow, and if your chimney is dirty, the air flow is, and it is essential to have your chimney inspected.


Burning wood in your fireplace should fill your home with a pleasant smell you notice foul odor there is something wrong with your chimney. Foul smelling odors are an indication that there is not proper airflow through the stack and harmful gases are getting inside your home instead of leaving through the chimney. These unpleasant odors also mean that harmful gases you can’t smell like carbon dioxide may also be entering your home, so it is important to stop using the fireplace and have your chimney inspected immediately.

Black Soot

Checking your chimney for signs of black soot buildup is essential. This buildup of black soot contains creosote which is dangerous and highly flammable. Creosote not only releases harmful chemicals that can cause illnesses, but it is also flammable and is one of the leading causes of chimney fires. It is essential to have your chimney cleaned once you notice black soot in your fireplace and chimney.


If you notice that while you are using your fireplace that smoke is coming into your house instead of out the chimney, then it is time to have your chimney inspected. The smoke entering the home is an indication that there is a buildup in your stack that is preventing the smoke from exiting through the vent. It is essential to have your chimney inspected and cleaned to keep you and your family safe.

Damper Problems

If you are having problems opening or closing your fireplace damper, it is crucial to have it checked and fixed immediately. The fireplace damper is responsible for regulating the airflow in and out of the chimney and fireplace.

Animal Sounds

If you hear any sounds coming from the chimney such as chirping of birds or scurrying of rodents, it is crucial to have your chimney inspected immediately. Not only do animals present a danger to your family, if they build a nest they can clog your chimney with flammable materials. If these materials catch on fire, you may end up with your house burning to the ground so it is imperative to make sure you have an expert come out and inspect and remove any animals that may have caused your chimney into their home.

If you notice any problems or issues with your fireplace or chimney, it is vital to make sure you call an expert and have it inspected immediately. Any blockage that restricts proper air flow can result in both dangerous fumes and chemicals leaking into your home, or obstruction can catch fire and potentially burn your house down. To keep your home and family safe it is essential to schedule an annual appointment to have your chimney inspected for damage or debris. If you notice any of the signs above you should schedule an appointment immediately to keep your family safe. Please contact Chimney Sweep Minneapolis at (952) 234-8777 and schedule an appointment today or visit our website at