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Chimney Sweeping Increases Safety, Energy Efficiency

Mention a chimney sweep and most of us conjure up the image of Dick Van Dyke gracefully dancing on the rooftops in the beloved Mary Poppins movie. But in real life, chimney sweeping is serious business.

Chimney sweeps date back to the 16th century in England. In those days, chimney sweepers often moved from rooftop to rooftop while risking personal injury or illness due to the dirty nature of the profession.

Things have come a long way. “Most people are surprised to learn that chimney sweeps work from the bottom up, not from the top down,” said Mark Nickerson, operations manager for Hearth & Home. “Using poles that snap together on a rotary wheel or a device that looks similar to a fishing reel, sweepers go slow and sweep up.”