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How often should I have my chimney swept?

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A chimney should be swept anywhere from once a quarter to once a year depending on the type of fuel and the frequency of use, according to the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. Fireplaces that burn wood or coal need a quarterly sweeping during periods of heavy use.

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How often should I have my chimney swept?
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Chimneys for gas fireplaces need to be swept annually, notes the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. Even though gas fireplaces do not produce soot buildup, there is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire if a bird's nest or other obstruction forms in the chimney. The Guild also recommends that homeowners clean their chimneys before moving.

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