Chimney Sweeping

Chimney sweeping has been practiced for decades and has been influenced by many different cultures. We have always been a little nostalgic about chimney sweeping. There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cool crisp evening during the holiday season or perhaps during a ball game or a family gathering. Either way, many memories have been made around the fireplace while enjoying hot chocolate or just cuddling with that special someone. We are honored to help our clients carry on these age old traditions that are so meaningful in all of our lives.

The CSIA and NFPA recommend that you clean and or inspect your chimney annually. The natural byproduct of burning wood is creosote and, unfortunately, creosote is flammable and can burn at temperatures in excess of 2,100 degrees. Having your chimney swept will not only improve the indoor air quality of your home, but will also reduce the risk of a chimney fire or carbon monoxide.

Fireplace Insert Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Clean the chimney (usually done from the bottom if liner is connected to insert).
  • Remove insert (this is only done if there is no liner connected to insert).
  • Remove the soot, ash or debris from the insert & from the sides and rear if applicable.
  • Perform a level one inspection.
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Fireplace Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Clean the chimney (usually done from the bottom).
  • Remove the soot, ash or debris from the firebox as well as the smoke shelf.
  • Clean the track that the damper sits in as to allow the damper to pivot smoothly.
  • We don’t remove the debris from the ash pit or clean out area as part of the chimney
  • Cleaning price, however, we can do this at an extra cost.
  • Perform a level one inspection.

Wood Stove Or Wood/Coal Furnace Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Clean the chimney (this is usually done from the roof).
  • Remove and clean the black pipe.
  • Re-attach the black pipe with new screws and re-mortar back into the wall.
  • Remove all reachable debris from the clean out area based on accessibility.
  • Remove all debris from the appliance based on accessibility.
  • Perform a level one inspection.
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Gas Furnace, Oil Furnace Or Hot Water Tank Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Clean the chimney (this is usually done from the roof).
  • Remove and clean the connector pipe.
  • Re-attach the connector pipe with new screws.
  • Remove all reachable debris from the clean out area based on accessibility.
  • Perform a level one inspection.

What to Expect

  • We lay drop cloth on the floor prior to cleaning and all employees wear latex gloves and foot covers.
  • We NEVER inspect a chimney until the chimney has been cleaned. If soot and debris are on the interior wall it limits our ability to see the interior wall to inspect, so for this reason, we clean the chimney first.
  • We do remove the soot and ash from the clean out area of stove flues, furnaces flues and hot water tank flues at no additional charge given that accessibility isn’t an issue.
  • We do not remove soot or ash from the ash pit or clean out area of the fireplace as part of the cost of a chimney cleaning, but it can be done for an additional charge.
  • Please keep in mind that cleaning a chimney doesn’t make it anymore operational than cleaning a car will make your car operational. During our inspection, we may discover damages and make recommendations for remediation.
  • Cleaning a chimney doesn’t always remedy odor issues. There are many underlying factors that could attribute to chimney odors such as the air tightness of your home, the location of the chimney, if a flue is oversized or undersized, the type of wood that your burning, the location of your home and weather conditions such as humidity.

How to Prepare for Your Chimney Sweep or Inspection

  • 24 hours prior to your appointment, remember to stop burning your wood appliances, fireplaces or your coal burning appliances. We can not sweep the chimney unless it is completely cooled.
  • 2 hours prior to your appointment, remember to stop using your gas or oil appliances if the chimney to these appliances are being swept. We can not sweep the chimney unless it is completely cooled.
  • Remove fragile or precious items as well as furniture from the area near the fireplace, furnace or stove. We need about 6 to 8ft around the fireplace, furnace or stove so that we can comfortably get our equipment in place and to allow our technicians to move freely.

What Every Customer Should Know

ALWAYS have your chimney cleaned or inspected annually as to reduce the risk of a chimney fire and carbon monoxide related incidents.

ALWAYS warm up your flue prior to starting a fire. Warming your flue will help to improve your drawl.

ALWAYS use hardwoods such as Oak & Cherry. These woods burn very hot and you get more complete combustion which produces less smoke, so you get less tar droplets/creosote, which in turn reduces the risk of a chimney fire.

NEVER burn pine or wet wood. These woods have a high moisture content and they tend to smolder producing a lot of smoke which is called incomplete combustion leaving tar droplets/creosote deposits that are flammable.

NEVER burn garbage, the fumes could be toxic and can also send sparks up the chimney and can catch existing creosote on fire. Chimney fires can burn in excess of 2,100 degrees

NEVER use petroleum based fuel to light a fire. This could easily engulf your entire home in flames in a matter of seconds.

******AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL*******

Professional service is worth the price. Do you really want the lowest bidder in an unregulated industry when it concerns the safety of your family, your home and your personal belongings? Remember that quality isn’t expensive, its priceless. Incidentally, due to our volume, our service is very affordable, but we aren’t cheap, we’re inexpensive and yes, there is a difference.