Chimney Sweep Cost
So how much does a chimney sweep cost? Is less expensive always better? How long should it take. Fret not, all these questions are answered below.
What is involved in a chimney sweep?
A chimney sweep involves a cleaning and inspection of your chimney. A trained sweeper will clean the chimney with a brush and various other tools to ensure that your chimney is safe to use.
It's important to have your chimney cleaned regularly to prevent chimney fires that can damage both your chimney and your house in some cases.
Creosote is a product of inefficient wood burning that clings to the inside of your chimney. This creosote builds up fast when burning unseasoned wood and can ignite and cause dangerous fires in your chimney. Getting your chimney cleaned will remove this hazard and also allow for a better look at the overall condition of your chimney to prevent future problems.
How much will it cost?
The price will vary based upon the size of your chimney and how serious the inside of the chimney needs a cleaning. That being said, typical chimney sweep cost is around $100-$200 USD. Anything within that range is pretty typical.
A much higher price would indicate that you have a serious problem with hardened creosote or a damaged chimney. A much lower price (less than $60) probably means that you are either dealing with an amateur or a scam artist that will try to upsell you on unnecessary products afterwards.
Choose the right person for the job
In choosing a company to clean your chimney, be sure to pick one that is both insured and is certified by a professional chimney organization. This is important to weed out potential scammers and also to find someone properly trained.
If you live in the United States, visit the
Chimney Safety Institute of America website
and search for reputable companies in your area.
Before having your chimney swept you should move all fragile items and furniture that are within 6 feet of the fireplace or woodstove. Also, do not have a fire within 24 hours of the expected appointment.
Once the chimney sweep arrives, plan for him/her to be working for 1 or 2 hours to get the job done. After that you can rest easy knowing that your home is a safe place to enjoy wood heating!
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