Every Spring, my wife and I go up and prepare our house to be used, but the two of us spent most of our summer time weekends and every afternoon we had off work, in our house in the mountains, however my wife and I love to fish, and we passed our love of fishing and hiking down to her children! In the Spring, we were up at the house and I wanted to wash the chimney. The two of us had a fireplace in the house to help keep us hot on the cool afternoons in early Spring and late summerâ€¦ After seeing the signs of squirrels in the cabin, I knew the flue must have been open all Wintertide long. I was using the brush in the chimney when I realized it didn’t go down to the hearth. I had to go inside the new home and push the brush into the chimney from the inside of the cabin. I got down on the fireplace hearth and started pushing the wire brush up into the chimney. My wife had just gotten out that I needed to be careful because there could a lot of dirt up there when the soot came flying down at me. A nice layer of soot was all over the hearth and the floor, and what didn’t make it onto the floor and hearth was in my hair on my skin and coated me from the head to toe. I swore this was going to be the last time I cleaned the fireplace chimney. The next time the fireplace chimney needed cleaned, I was going to call 1 of the local professionals.