Get $25 off this spring when you book early!
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that all chimneys be at least inspected once a year. Lots of things can happen, besides sooty buildup:
Our sweep staff are experienced, carefully trained and certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). They have a wide range of chimney know-how or can put you in touch with other staff specialists for complicated or extreme situations. They are happy to explain their findings and recommendations and summarize what they have done at your house — with a smile and without rushing you. Don't hesitate to express any of your questions or concerns to them!
A chimney cleaning usually results also in a thorough evaluation of all the key facets of your chimney, including use of a 38 point checklist, and photographs to show you what conditions at the top are like (we usually go on the roof to complete our evaluation, unless access is too difficult, the weather is horrible or if you prefer that we don't. We are well insured, of course!). The checklist will be discussed with you, and you will be asked to sign it to acknowledge that you understand our basic findings. Specific recommendations may be noted on the checklist and/or on a separate estimate form, usually with expected costs for each repair or upgrade. A video camera can be used to verify or clarify observed damages. Videoscanning may cost extra, but is routinely included in the cost of cleaning flues serving wood-fired appliances.
Most chimney cleanings cost our standard $225.00 per flue, with additional flues on the same chimney at $175.00 per flue, and a $25.00 discount during our spring and summer promotional period. Ask your sweep about these discounts if he/she doesn't include them in your billing. Woodstoves or wood inserts in fireplaces may cost much more if not lined to the top with a stove appropriate liner $350-$450.00.
Standard sweeping techniques will utilize brushes of varying sizes and stiffness mounted on detachable rods or a long spool — fiberglass or polypropylene. In addition, stubborn glaze or odd flue configurations may require motorized rotary equipment, including plastic whips and steel chains. Severe glaze may require a major "rotokleen", with additional charges applying.
Your sweep may also recommend the use of chemical additives to your fires to soften severe glazed creosote deposits caused by your woodstove or fireplace — along with some tips that might be helpful for promoting cleaner burning. An inexpensive magnetic thermometer often plays a key role also in improving burning patterns with woodstoves. Our sweeps have thermometers and appropriate, easy-to-apply chemicals.
We will use dropcloths, rugs, vacuum systems, and roof ladders as needed and we'll sweep up well. We'll be careful of your yard and roof.
When to Sweep
We highly recommend late spring and early summer, for our sake and yours!
Being Your Own Sweep We encourage people who want to do their own inspections and sweeping! We are glad to advise you in general, and specifically help you procure any tools you might need, like an inspection mirror and brushes and rods. We still recommend that you enlist us from time-to-time to give you a little professional "double-check"!