Chimney Sweeping

A standard chimney cleaning includes a state of the art chimney video inspection and thorough removal of the flaky creosote deposits from the fireplace system (the chimney flue, smoke chamber and firebox).

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Why Have Routine Chimney Service?


In the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission report from 1996 there were over 23,000 residential fires in all fifty states related to solid fuel appliances and equipment! Most of these could have been prevented with the help of chimney sweeping professionals. The National Fire Protection Association Standard says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary."

There are many contributing factors that can occur with the use of the average fireplace and chimney.

A heavy accumulation of creosote can result in chimney fires or contribute to air pollution. Removing and cleaning through a chimney sweep means removing highly combustible creosote produced by burning wood and wood products. It can also mean eliminating animal and bird nests, leaves or other debris that may block the flow of emissions from your home heating appliance. Regular cleaning and maintenance are needed to ensure you and your families safety.

A fully certified and dedicated Clean Sweep technician will diagnose your fireplace and chimney and recommend what is needed in order to burn cleanly, safely and efficiently. All of our chimney sweep technicians are fully trained and certified to meet all of your chimney needs.

Chimney Sweeping


Every home is unique as is every chimney and flue system.

We make every effort to keep your home as clean as possible while sweeping. A standard chimney cleaning includes a state of the art chimney video inspection. This first step is important to determine if any repairs need to be completed as well as exactly how much creosote is in the chimney. We will do a thorough removal of the flaky creosote deposits from the fireplace system (the chimney flue, smoke chamber and firebox). We also will utilize special rods, chimney brushes, and hand brushes. A HEPA soot vacuum can be used to remove ash particles from your fireplace. This vacuum is specially designed for chimney cleaning.

Our technicians at Clean Sweep are professionals and are trained to remove flammable and hazardous creosote.

This type of cleaning should only be performed by professionals. You will not have to climb a roof or handle the toxins that consist in a chimney. The complete process may take upwards of two hours. This should be done in the summer months so your fireplace will be cleaned and ready to heat your home when the cooler temperatures arrive . This is an effective maintenance needed to restore your fireplace safe for use once again. Call us for an appointment.

Level I Inspection


A level I chimney inspection consists of a thorough visual check of the fireplace and chimney. The trained inspector will look for damage, obstructions, soot and creosote buildup. This inspection may result in the need for Chimney Sweeping services which we may then provide to you.

If you have not changed anything about your appliance and you have been regularly scheduling chimney sweepings, then this inspection is for you.

If you use your fireplace regularly then you need a Level I inspections at least once a year to check for deposits, clearances and soundness. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs will be done if necessary.

Level II Inspection


A Level II Inspection is of vital importance if your home has experienced ANY changes to the system. This could be a traumatic weather event like a tornado, earthquake or hurricane. Another need for this type of inspection is if you have experienced a fire in the chimney or flue. Also when buying a new home or selling a home. This inspection comprises everything as in the Level I inspection in addition to areas of the attic, basement or crawl spaces. It will also properly address clearances from combustibles in these accessible locations.

The cost for this particular inspection is $289 and also includes the chimney sweep cleaning! Again, please call us here at Clean Sweep to make an appointment with one of our professionals.

Chimney Smoke Problems


Smoke problems from draft in your fireplaces and chimneys may occur for a variety of reasons. Clogged chimneys, dirty or improperly fitted chimney caps, excessive creosote or firebox size are some of the many reasons for smoke within the home. Fans from your kitchen, bathroom etc. cal also create a bad draft. Another issue one occasionally finds is actual air blowing down the chimney. Maybe the the chimney is short or if the house is located at the base of a mountain.

Let us inspect your homes fireplace and determine a plan to correct any and every smoke issue.

Animal Removal From Chimneys


Various factors go into maintaining the overall health of your fireplace. We know about hazards like residue and creosote, but there is also another nuisance. Animal pests that sometimes will find a way into a chimney. Birds, squirrels, bats, even raccoons will often make nests in the chimney. One of the most common reasons animals get into your chimney is due to not having a chimney cap or one that is damaged. The absolute best way to protect your chimney, fireplace and home is to have a chimney cap installed with attached wire netting.

We here at Clean Sweep will ethically remove these uninvited guests, dismantle their nests and if needed recommend the appropriate chimney cap.

We can also protect your chimney from wasps and bees by providing a top seal damper to keep these pests from invading.  Contact our professionals for an appointment.

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For whatever service need, Clean Sweep will send out a chimney technician to fully appraise the situation. Please call our main office at (828) 456-9775 to schedule your appointment today.