Due to burning fires in a chimney, creosote may accumulate and cause chimney fire. It is very expensive to hire a professional sweep. With some guidance and tools you can do it yourself. Here are the steps.
Prepare to clean the chimney
First, get rid of any animals that might nest there, for example, squirrels or birds. Use a flashlight to remove it. Then you need to measure the size and shape of the flue, and the height of the chimney to find out what kind of brush you need to buy for cleaning. You should by a brush that can reach the whole length of the chimney. You then need to visit a hardware store to buy the necessary tools, like brush, drop cloth, ladder, broom and dustpan, goggles and dust mask, etc. You should dress appropriately for cleaning. You can wear old clothes as it will get messy. Wear gloves, goggles and dust mask. You can cover your hair with a bandanna. You need to cover your furniture and roll back rugs so that it doesn’t get dirty.
Clean the chimney from the top downwards
Use a ladder to climb up the roof. Use the brush to clean the chimney. Use extension pipes to clean further down the chimney. Then clean the bottom of the chimney.
You can also choose to clean the chimney from bottom up. In such case you need to use a pulley which you can easily get in a hardware store.
Completing the job
Clean the entrance of the flue which is located at the bottom of the chimney. Use a small spade to clean it. Clean the debris from the fireplace using a brush and dustpan. Dispose off the creosote according to the local laws. Creosote is flammable, so you cannot just trash it off in your bin.