I’ve noticed rumblings of soot falling down the chimney over the last few days. I’ve never experienced this before, and I’ve lived in my current house for several years.
I reassured myself early on that there wasn’t a bird down the chimney, as there was no flapping, cooing, or tweeting.
As this has coincided with the prolonged period of extremely hot weather. I have deduced that the extreme atmospheric dryness has loosened chunks of soot in my chimney (which I haven’t used for years, so it must be ancient, caked-on, soot).
I wasn’t particularly concerned until I noticed that fine soot had deposited around my gas fireplace. So I’ve vacuumed around it, and sealed up the fire with a plastic bag, taped into place.
My neighbours have been experiencing the same over the last few days, and were puzzled as to what was happening, until I discussed the matter with one of them yesterday. I would strongly advise anyone that has experienced soot falling down the chimney to remove the soot before using the fire, otherwise there could be a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or chimney catching fire.