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Are Chimney Sweeps Lucky?

What do chimney sweeps have in common with four leaf clovers, unicorns, and rainbows? They are all associated with good luck. For as long as it has been a profession, stories of good luck have been attached to the humble sweep – and alongside those stories, traditions have been formed.

Our work at All Seasons Chimney is so exceptional that you can’t be blamed for wondering if chimney sweeps are, in fact, lucky. But what’s the history behind these legends?

The History of the Sweep

a horseshoe next to a four-leaf cloverThe history of the chimney sweep profession dates back to the 16th century in England. Chimneys became common as heating your home was done through your fireplace. Of course, this meant that a clean and well-maintained chimney was an important safety measure. The chimney sweeping profession was born, despite the many dangers it posed. Overall the job was dirty, difficult, dangerous, and didn’t pay very well.

Most often it was young children that would be sent up the chimneys because they were small and could easily climb and sweep the soot and buildup in the flue. Of course, breathing those substances in could cause health issues, in addition to the high risk of falling or getting stuck. Yet despite all of these things, the chimney sweep began to be seen as one that brought with it good luck.

Why Are Chimney Sweeps Lucky?

There are many myths and legendary stories that associate the chimney sweep with positive fortune.

They Save Lives

Perhaps the most common story of sweeps and their supposedly increased levels of luck of King George III.

According to this legend, the king was riding in his carriage through London’s city sweeps when a large dog confronted the horses. This startled the horses and they began to rear up. A nearby sweep saw what was happening and quickly jumped into action. He was able to quickly calm the scared horses and prevent royal disaster. So thankful was the king that he declared the chimney sweep be treated with respect, as with them came good luck and safety.

They’re Love Interests

a silhouette of a couple against a yellow skyAnother of these legends describes the luck of the chimney sweep as being a love interest. As the story goes, a chimney sweep was doing his job high up on a rooftop when he slipped and managed to hook his boot on the roof’s gutter. There he hung upside down when a female resident of the home looked out the window and spotted him. Like a scene out of Spider Man, she immediately fell in love with him and pulled him into safety.

Though she was engaged to be married to someone else, she called off the wedding and married the chimney sweep instead. Of course, as any good legendary tale of love goes, they lived happily ever after.

But… Is There Truth To It All?

These stories, along with countless others, have helped to cement the idea that chimney sweeps are lucky. From these tales were born many traditions including having a chimney sweep at your wedding in order to bring the new couple luck as they begin a new life together, or hiring a chimney sweep to join your New Years party, so you can start the new year on the right foot. In fact, some people believe that a chimney sweep can bring fertility to a household.

But is a chimney sweep really lucky?

Science doesn’t offer us any evidence that suggests the chimney sweep is any more or less lucky than a rabbit’s foot or the number seven. It is worth acknowledging, though, the fact that there are a lot of stories out there that, though can’t be proven, have persisted in supporting this idea of the lucky chimney sweep for hundreds of years. 

There are even modern day reports of chimney sweeps showing up in someone’s life just before they win the lottery or stumble into other types of fortune. Coincidence? Maybe… but enough of the same type of coincidence does make you wonder.

So, should you consider hiring a chimney sweep for your next big event in hopes of improving your luck? Of course you can, but what you should really consider is hiring a chimney sweep to do what they are best at – inspecting, sweeping, and repairing your chimney.

Trust the Team at All Seasons

Our sweeps at All Seasons Chimney bring with them more than luck – they bring along skills that can’t be beat. They are knowledgeable, friendly, experienced, and provide expert attention to detail.

This means that your chimney won’t just be clean – it will be left in top shape so that you can rest easier knowing that everything from airflow to freedom from creosote or soot buildup has been granted you (in addition to whatever luck they might bring along with them).

Call Us Today

Call us today to schedule a springtime checkup, so we can get rid of the soot and residue that have built up in your chimney over the winter. Not only will we bestow upon you all the luck we can offer, we will also give you the safest, cleanest, and most professional service you can ask for.

Get started by dialing 845-552-1701 or by booking with us online today.

Your Guide to Chimney Leaks & Waterproofing

Your fireplace is a centerpiece of your home providing warmth, light, and a comfortable location for hosting guests and relaxing with family. When everything is working properly, there is no end to the benefits that a fireplace provides. However when a chimney is leaking, the thing that provides so much joy can suddenly be the source of a giant headache.

All Seasons Chimney knows the importance of a healthy fireplace and a healthy home. We are fully equipped to repair and help you maintain your chimney and fireplace. If you need quality care in Poughkeepsie, don’t wait to reach out.

What Are Common Signs of Chimney Leaks?

At first, the signs that your chimney has a problem can be subtle and difficult to notice. Which is why it’s important for you to keep an eye out for changes in how your chimney looks and how it functions. If you notice any of the following things, it could be time to get some repairs done before they become bigger problems.

Water Stainsthe top corner of a room showing water stains and peeling ceiling materials

Water stains on the walls or ceilings around your fireplace or chimney are a sure sign of a leak. These stains often appear yellow, brown, or black, and they might appear seemingly out of nowhere. If not taken care of, these stains can quickly peel wallpaper, cause paint to crack, and even cause wood to begin to rot and mold.

Musty Smells

When soot that has collected on the inner lining of your flue gets wet, it can create a strong and musty odor. If you notice a musty or damp smell near your fireplace or chimney, it’s likely that there is water getting in somewhere. You may even notice mold or mildew growth.

Dripping Water

The sound of dripping water coming from your chimney means water is getting somewhere it’s not supposed to. At first, this leak may not create any visible signs of wear, but given time, it can damage your chimney and your home. Watch for water pooling in areas it shouldn’t be, like your firebox.

Damaged Masonry

Crumbling or deteriorating masonry on your chimney usually means you’ve experienced some type of water damage. Keep an eye out for cracking, gaps, spalling, and missing brickwork.

How Can Water Damage My Masonry?

When water gets into a chimney it can wreak havoc on your masonry. Even though they seem impenetrable, bricks and mortar are actually full of tiny pockets and cracks. And when water or moisture from the air collects in these tiny holes it can cause devastating damage to your chimney.

Then, there’s the freeze/thaw process to worry about. When water collects in brick and mortar, fluctuating temperatures cause it to expand and then contract as it freezes and thaws. This process causes brick and mortar to crumble and break apart. Over time, as this process continues, more water is able to collect in the masonry – and thus more expansion takes place during a freeze. Eventually the structure will deteriorate to the point that it becomes a danger to your home and anyone living in it.

Can I Waterproof My Chimney Myself?

rain falling on a masonry chimneyTechnically, it is possible to do something like waterproofing as a DIY project – that said, it’s something we highly discourage. Readily available waterproofing products that you might find at big box stores are generally not made to last a long time, and they’re often not vapor permeable, either. This means that any moisture already in your bricks cannot escape – and if the water is unable to evaporate out then it will continue to freeze and thaw until more damage is done.

A chimney waterproofing job requires attention to detail, as well as a knowledge of how water tends to collect on and around masonry and chimneys, and an untrained eye can easily miss important details. Our professionals here at All Seasons Chimney have the experience, training, knowledge, and certifications necessary to make sure that your waterproofing job is done completely and with lasting effects.

At All Seasons Chimney we use vapor-permeable products that are safe for your home and healthy for you masonry. Done well and done right, your waterproofing job can last for many years.

In addition to applying proper waterproofing materials, our expert eyes will make sure that every possible entrance for water will be guarded against, as well. We can spot problem areas that could cause damage in the future, and we can help repair these issues before waterproofing, so that your chimney and your home is as strong as possible.

Chimney Leaks Are No Match for Us

Our team is trained to know chimneys and make sure all their parts are working properly. Everything from the chimney crown and cap to the flashing and flue liner needs to be in working condition before waterproofing the chimney, and our experts will make sure any and all issues are promptly addressed.

As the wet months are upon us, it is time to give our team at All Seasons Chimney a call to schedule your chimney waterproofing services. Let us help you maintain the beauty and joy that your chimney and fireplace bring to your home. Dial 845-552-1701 or book online with us today.