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CHIMNEY CLEANING: A DO IT YOURSELF APPROACH in Babylon, NY

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Maintaining your chimneys in Babylon, NY is very important. To have your chimney swept professionally, call Ageless Chimney. In preparation for the cleaning process, there are a few things you can do. In fact, you can keep your chimney clean by doing some simple things! Keep reading for a step-by-step at-home chimney cleaning guide.
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  1. Prepare the Area Around Your Chimney

First thing’s first. You should remove anything that is in front of your Babylon, NY fireplace. Also, move any furniture as far away as possible. If you don’t want anything getting dirty, make sure you cover everything with old sheets. You should also roll back any rugs that are near the fireplace. If you have carpeting, it would be wise to set down a tarp.

  1. Remove the Grate from the Fireplace

This may go without saying, but do not operate an open flame in the area surrounding the fireplace while attempting to do any chimney cleaning in Suffolk County. Be sure to wear a dust mask and protective gloves while you attempt to clean the fireplace. While being mindful not to inhale any dust or soot, shovel out ashes and debris from the inside of the fireplace.

  1. Inspect Your Chimney

Use a torch, (carefully!) to look up the flue of the chimney. If there is a damper fitted to your flue, you will need to ensure it is open. If there is, use the damper handle to push the flap back and lock it open. Check for any animals or birds that may have taken up residence in your Suffolk County chimney. Inspect for any cracks or missing firebricks and take remedial steps if the damage is found. The lining of your flue is important to prevent gas or smoke from escaping. Check the thickness of any creosote build-up using a blade or scraper. If you notice significant damage, it may be time to get some professional chimney cleaning company, or even chimney repair, with Ageless Chimney.



  1. Select Your Brush


By now you should have determined the size and shape of your Suffolk County chimney flue. It will be either square or round. You should also estimate the height of your chimney. Once you choose the correct brush, attach it to a rod. Push the rod up the flue until the bottom end of the rod is in the middle of the fireplace.

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    1. Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!

    Start scrubbing up your chimney by going through the hole in your dust sheet or cardboard, attach another rod to lengthen your chimney brush. Scrub using a slight clockwise movement as you push, and never twist the brush counterclockwise. With a hard and vigorous thrust, scrub the flue with the brush, adding more rods as you proceed up the flue.

    1. Remove Brush and Soot

    You will know that you have reached the top of your chimney when you feel less friction. Withdraw the brush unscrewing one rod at a time. As you unscrew the last rod, let the brush fall into the soot pile that now lies at the bottom of the fireplace. Lift the bottom of the dust sheet or cardboard covering, remove the brush and carefully shovel the pile of soot into a metal bucket.

    1. Cleaning Up


    The first thing you should do is remove any dust cloths or cardboard that may have been assembled. It is now time to get the vacuum or shop vacuum out and clean up all that soot! To complete the project, you will need to assemble the fireplace’s grate once more. If you used an old sheet, you should take it outside and shake it off. As soot is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, it can be buried as a means of disposal. Hard deposits of creosote are corrosive and more toxic, however, they can be buried too. Any edible plants in your garden will not absorb creosote, and when you eat the fruit or vegetables they produce, they will not contain the chemicals present in creosote.

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Getting your chimney swept and inspected improves the quality of the air in your home, keeps your loved ones safe from toxins, and reduces your home’s fire risk. Ageless Chimney takes pride in providing the safest, most cost-effective cleaning procedures. Call us today at 516-795-1313!

The Town of Babylon is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Its population was 218,223 as of the 2020 census. Parts of Jones Beach Island, Captree Island and Fire Island are in the southernmost part of the town. It borders Nassau County to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. At its westernmost point, it is about 20 miles (32 km) from New York City at the Queens border, and about 30 miles (48 km) from Manhattan. The village of Babylon is also within the town.

The region was once called Huntington South. Nathaniel Conklin moved his family to the area, and around 1803 named it New Babylon, after the ancient city of Babylon.

The town was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington.

The following communities and locations are within the Town of Babylon:

  • Amityville, in the southwestern part of the town.
  • Babylon, in the southeastern section of the town.
  • Lindenhurst, in the southern part of the town, between the villages of Babylon and Amityville.
  • Captree or Captree Island
  • Copiague
  • Deer Park
  • East Farmingdale
  • Gilgo, includes communities of West Gilgo Beach, Gilgo Beach, and Cedar Beach
  • North Amityville
  • North Babylon
  • North Lindenhurst
  • Oak Beach, includes community of Oak Island
  • West Babylon
  • Wheatley Heights
  • Wyandanch
  • Amity Harbor, in the hamlet of Amityville
  • Copiague Harbor, in the hamlet of Copiague
  • Captree Island, an island partly in the southeastern part of the town and containing part of Captree State Park.
  • Cedar Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Gilgo Island, an island in the western end of the Great South Bay.
  • Grass Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Thatch Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Oak Island, an island in the Great South Bay.
  • Cedar Beach
  • Gilgo Beach
  • Oak Beach
  • Overlook Beach
  • Belmont Lake State Park, a state park in the northeastern part of the town.
  • Captree State Park, a state park partly in the southeastern section of the town and adjacent to the Fire Island Inlet.
  • Gilgo State Park, an undeveloped preserve on a barrier island on the southern side of the town.
  • Robert Moses State Park, a state park on Fire Island, is partly in the town.
  • Fire Island Inlet, a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
  • The town was featured in the American version of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay spent a week at Peter’s, an Italian eatery that’s now out of business.
  • Tanner Park, Town of Babylon, Copaigue, New York
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