What Does a Chimney Sweep Service Provide?
When you think of a chimney sweep, a mental picture of a soot-covered Dick VanDyke from Mary Poppins might come to mind. If you don’t know much more about chimney sweeps beyond that, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners don’t realize that chimney sweeps are qualified to do a lot more than just clean out soot and dangerous deposits of creosote.
Chimney sweeps, or chimney technicians, who have been certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) are trained to perform a wide range of services. The NFI’s extensive certification program includes training on masonry building and repairs; the mechanics of prefabricated gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces, inserts and stoves; proper maintenance of these 3 heating appliances; chimney system maintenance and best cleaning practices; and federal and local guidelines and codes that relate to these appliances including the EPA’s clean air standards and local building codes.
Many chimney professionals, like us, stay up-to-date on the latest fireplace models and best practices so that we are qualified to service all masonry fireplaces along with every make and model of prefabricated gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces, fireplace inserts and stoves.
Top Services Chimney Sweeps Provide
You can call on a NFI-certified chimney sweep for any issue related to your heating appliance or chimney such as:
– Maintenance of a Gas, Wood or Electric Fireplace, Fireplace Insert or Stove
– Masonry Repairs (including rebuilding or restoring a crumbling brick and mortar fireplace)
– Installation of a Chimney Chase Cover or Chimney Cap
– Chimney Liner Installation or Relining
– Fireplace Insert or Stove Installation
– A Chimney Inspection with Video Equipment
– Chimney Cleanings
Professional chimney sweeps know much more about chimney systems and heating appliances than general contractors or handy men. They are the first people you should go to solve a fireplace or chimney problem, have a new heating appliance installed, or get a historic fireplace rebuilt. Whether you are having trouble lighting your fireplace or you notice white staining on your chimney (known as efflorescence) that you are concerned about, call on a chimney sweep!
Our team of chimney technicians have received numerous awards for their service. They are specially authorized to use AHRENS’ Chimney Technique to reline and restore chimney systems. This technique is the best method to reline a masonry chimney that has a broken tile flue liner or to restore a masonry chimney that is no longer structurally sound.
The cost for chimney services varies. Simple maintenance, such as relighting a pilot light or installing glass fireplace doors, can be inexpensive. Fixing serious problem, such as restoring a deteriorating chimney, can be significantly more expensive. The cost for a cleaning and inspection—the most important annual chimney expense—is usually between $75 – $200 (depending on the chimney’s size).
When you call on us, you can always count on us to provide you with the best possible service! All of our technicians are known for their attention to detail and quality workmanship. Once the job is done, they will clean up so that your home looks even better than before. Whether your chimney problems or fireplace issues are large or small, give us a call!