Chimney sweeping is critical to maintaining the integrity of your chimney. Having your chimney cleaned and any blockages removed will improve draft and provide free passage of the byproducts of combustion from your home. Regularly removing flammable deposits of soot and creosote will also help prevent chimney fires. A poorly maintained, deteriorating, or dirty chimney poses a risk to your home and to your family. An annual chimney sweep is affordable, especially when compared with the potential cost of not doing so.