markormandbeesmarkormandbees2 Homeowners often seek out do-it-yourself tips when it comes to getting their fireplace ready for seasonal use.

But as  Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified Chimney Sweep Mark Ormand shows, this is what can result: Deceased insects.

As in, wasps.

Hundreds of dead wasps.

“This is one good reason why you don’t just stick your head in there and open the damper,” says Mark, of Batts’ Chimney Service in Albertville, Alabama, today in a post on his Facebook page.

Having a Chimney Sweep perform an inspection is highly recommended. The information your certified sweep will share  will aid you to be even more comfortable with your home heating system from issues of water intrusion, insect and animal nesting materials, glaze and flue integrity, and other concerns.

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps have studied and passed a thorough testing process and are filled with lots of information about many aspects of heating with wood, natural gas, propane, and pellet heating systems.

Here are some pros and cons of do-it-yourself chimney inspection and sweeping.

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