Homeowners may be able to better clean their chimneys by sweeping from the bottom up.
Speaking to the Times Argus, certified master chimney sweep Bob Fish explains that he sweeps 90 per cent of chimneys from the bottom up in order to increase control of the dust and avoid working on roofs.
He notes that chimney sweeping equipment has changed over the years, with brushes being replaced by motorised products.
"I can actually do a better job today - and I'm safer," Mr Fish comments.
Homeowners considering cleaning their chimneys might want to make sure they do so before the winter.
Freshome recommends discarding old ashes, letting fresh air move freely through the chimney by opening the damper and ensuring the flue is operating in the right away.
It also suggests hiring a professional chimney sweep if necessary to make sure the fireplace is clean and in full working order in time for the winter months.