Q. Why is a chimney cap important? 
A. Damage to fireplace fireboxes, dampers, flue liners, flue pipes, oil burners and living
room floors amounting to thousands of dollars can be prevented with a $200 to $300 stainless steel rain cap to keep out water. These caps should have built in screens to keep     out debris as well as bats, birds, raccoons and squirrels.
Q. Will there be a mess in my home?
A. We are very careful to leave your home as we found it. We usually sweep fireplaces from the bottom carefully watching the dust and making sure our supervac catches it all.  Many a customer has performed a white glove test to their satisfaction before we leave.
Q. Why does my chimney need sweeping?
A. Wood stoves and fireplaces produce unburned volatile fumes that condense as flammable creosote inside the flue. A ¼” or greater buildup can ignite and,  with air rushing through, cause a chimney fire that can melt concrete, penetrate (and crack) the chimney to flammable walls and shoot burning creosote up onto the roof. We remove this creosote to prevent this. We also sweep chimneys to remove loose debris that can block the base of your chimney or remove blockages and nests further up in the flue.
Q. Why should your chimney be inspected routinely?
A. More house fires occur from improperly installed chimneys, improper clearances to combustibles or unobserved  deterioration or damage to chimneys than from chimney fires. Also improper drafts or downdrafts as well as incorrect flue sizing can cause carbon monoxide backups or smoke and soot damage to house interior. We do a complete Level 1 safety inspection of your chimney and give you a written condition report.

Chimney Sweeping Service, Inc.

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Providing Exceptional chimney maintenance & repair service since 1979.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often should my chimney be swept? A. Generally every 50 to 75 burnings for a wood stove or fireplace flue. For an oil burner flue it averages every 2 to 4 years, but can be as often as every year to every 20 years depending on how well the burner operates and the condition of the flue interior. Gas burner flues may need sweeping if tile liner is deteriorating. This usually happens with age or after a more efficient burner is installed.