Chimney sweeping has come a long way since the beginning. You can trace our trade back to the 16th century and as you can imagine a LOT has changed.
Back then, chimney companies employed children, known as “climbing boys,” to climb into the flue to do the sweeping. The climbing boys would use their back, elbows, and knees to climb up the flue and brush away any creosote buildup they came in contact with.
Unfortunately, a lot of these climbing boys would get stuck in the flue and many would suffocate from the creosote build-up. The Chimney Sweepers and Chimney Regulations Act of 1840 passed to end child labor in the industry. And then the Chimney Boys Act prohibited anyone under 21 years old to sweep a chimney.
In addition to using climbing boys, chimney sweeps used to tie the legs of geese together and drop it down the flue. The frightened bird flapped its wings and broke down any buildup inside the flue.
Fortunately, Joseph Glass invented the chimney sweep brush, and his original style is still used by many sweeps today.
But running a chimney company is much more than sweeping. We need tools to climb, inspect, mitigate dust, repair, and clean your chimney. Chimney companies are no longer grunt laborers; we are certified tradesmen using specialized tools and I’m happy to share some of these with you.
We’ve made it a long way from using geese and small children to clean your chimney. As you can see a lot of tools and work goes into cleaning and maintaining a chimney. Brushes, rods, and chemicals are only a few tools that will help get the job done.