Chimney Sweeping

IMPORTANT: The following is our protocol on every appointment. We feel that every chimney should be inspected, but only swept as necessary, that way we aren't wasting our client's money on unnecessary services. Your first appointment with us always starts off as a level 1 inspection or level 2 inspection depending on the circumstances. We don't do free estimates.

The CSIA and NFPA recommend that you inspect your chimney annually and sweep as necessary. 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.

Video: A Typical Chimney Sweeping

Fireplace Insert Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Sweep 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.
  • Sweep the chimney (usually done from the bottom).
  • Remove the soot, ash or debris from the firebox as well as the smoke shelf.
  • Sweep 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 sweeping price, however, we can do this at an extra cost.
  • Perform a level one inspection.
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Wood Stove Or Wood/Coal Furnace Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Sweep the chimney (this is usually done from the roof).
  • Remove and sweep 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.

Gas Furnace, Oil Furnace Or Hot Water Tank Sweep

  • Technician will lay out drop cloths.
  • Sweep the chimney (this is usually done from the roof).
  • Remove and sweep 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.

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 to Expect

  • First we do a level 1 inspection for $199.00 unless your circumstances prompt a level  2 inspection which is $299.00  See the inspection section of this page as to the circumstances that prompt what level of inspection may be necessary.

 

  • If we determine that the chimney needs swept then its and additional $100.00, but it must be done the day that the recommendation was made so please allot for the time.  Please see the sweeping section that pertains to your appliance or fireplace prior to our arrival as be prepared in the event that we recommend that it be swept.

 

  • If during your sweeping we discover that your chimney is obstructed with brick, nesting or other debris, this would be considered outside the scope of a routine sweeping and a $150.00 obstruction fee will be added to the cost of your service.

 

  • If the creosote is sufficiently bad to the point to where a routine sweeping won’t suffice, then it will necessitate a mechanical sweeping in collaboration with chemical for an additional cost between $650.00 and $950.00.

 

  • If you opt out of the recommended sweep, then you will be responsible for a trip charge of $125.00 for our time because we cannot inspect a dirty chimney.

 

  • If you hire us to inspect and or sweep your chimney and you DON’T have a chimney, have a direct vent appliance, an aluminum lined flue, or a vent free product, then you will be responsible for a trip charge of $125.00 for our time because none of the above can be swept.  It is important that you know your appliance and if you are uncertain, then please feel free to text us a photo or email us a photo of your fireplace or appliance.

 

  • If you fail to give us a 24 hour notice of cancellation by mail or email, then you shall be responsible for the full cost of the scheduled service unless you can provide reasonable proof of extenuating circumstances that prevented you from contacting us.

 

  • Sweep and inspection fees do go toward the cost of repairs just as long as Advance Chimney Sweeps does that type of repair and the repair cost is a minimum of $1800.00 and Advance Chimney Sweeps is doing the work.

 

  • Sweeping and inspecting a chimney does not make it functional.  In fact, the sweeping and inspection is done to help ascertain whether or not the chimney has deficiencies.  In the event that deficiencies exist.  Then Advance Chimney Sweeps will prepare an estimate just as long as they provide said service.

 

  • We lay drop cloth on the floor prior to sweeping and all employees wear latex gloves and foot covers.

 

  • We do remove the soot and ash from the cleaned 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 cleaned out area of the fireplace as part of the cost of a chimney sweeping, but it can be done for an additional charge.

 

  • Sweeping your chimney doesn’t make your chimney any more  functional than cleaning your car makes it functional.

 

  • Sweeping 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.

 

  • Dampers are temperamental and tend to come off the track relatively easy as it ages and wears.  Please check the damper to make sure you can open and close it with ease prior to us leaving because if it comes off track, then we will charge a service charge for each trip that we make to your residence or business to put it back on track.

 

  • We always CLOSE YOUR DAMPER when were done with the chimney sweep and or inspection, so that you don’t waste energy up through your chimney, so its important that you open your damper before you light a fire or you will fill your house with smoke.

What Every Customer Should Know

  • ALWAYS have your chimney inspected annually and swept as necessary 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.