Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep Retains Soot Off Santa

It’s the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps when families get ready for Santa Claus.

December 13, 2016, 8:39 pm

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?? – Before Santa Claus goes down the chimney, Aaron Golub of Up on the Roof in Freehold, New Jersey, is often the first to make a clean chimney and chimney for Mr. Clause.

It’s the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps across America as families try to warm their homes for the holidays.

In addition to protecting Santa’s red suit from too much soot, the sweeps remove the build-up of creosote – a tarry substance that sticks to the side of the fume cupboard after wood is burned. The easily flammable creosote can increase the risk of a house fire.

Since the 19th century, when indented servants and children often performed the dirty job of sweeping chimneys, the cleaning process has improved dramatically in terms of both safety and efficiency.

With new tools and professional certifications, cleaning the chimney now takes less than 30 minutes and involves relatively little risk of sweeping.

But teenagers are still stuck trying to sneak back into their homes via the chimney after curfew. Only Santa Claus has mastered this art.

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