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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to have the chimney swept?

The national average chimney sweep cost is $100 to $130. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having your chimney inspected at least once a year, but daily use and other factors might mean you need more regular service. Here are several reasons your chimney sweep cost may be higher than the national average:

  • Overly dirty chimney: If you haven’t cleaned your chimney in many years, or if you’ve just bought an older home and don’t know how long it has been since the chimney was cleaned, excessive grime could increase the cost of the job.
  • Roof height or chimney height: The chimney sweep may also charge an extra fee if your roof is too high for a ladder to reach or is too steep to safely climb on without a harness.
  • Frequency of use: If your fireplace is your primary heating source, the buildup of soot might be far greater than if you just use your fireplace a few times a winter when company comes over. This may impact cost.
  • Excessive debris: Leaves, twigs, and other debris that’s collected in your chimney is a fire hazard and should be cleaned immediately. An excess of junk may result in higher chimney sweep costs.
  • Live or dead animals: Prepare to pay extra if live or dead animals are in the chimney. Rodents, birds and bats can all set up camp in your chimney. A chimney cap can help prevent them from getting in, but once you hear something scurrying around, or smell the unmistakable scent of dead critter, call a chimney sweep immediately.
  • Geographic location: Chimney sweep costs may be higher in your city due to factors such as a higher cost of living or higher cost do business (insurance, overhead, employee wages, etc.).
  • Chimney repair: Any repairs that are needed internally or externally to your fireplace will increase costs. A thorough cleaning and inspection will reveal whether repairs to masonry, tuck-pointing, the back wall, bricks, the fireplace floor or the crown are needed.
  • Chimney cap installation: A chimney cap prevents debris from collecting in your chimney as well as preventing animals such as birds, mice, or raccoons from taking up residence inside. The cost of the chimney cap plus the labor for installation can increase fees.

How long does it take to clean a chimney?

A typical chimney cleaning takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Wood insert fireplaces may take longer to clean, as can chimneys that contain birds’ nests, excessive debris or wildlife. A chimney sweep will arrive at your location and assess the fireplace to be cleaned, and will set up protective coverings or dropcloths to prevent any ash or soot from escaping into your home during the cleaning. Using high-powered vacuums, they clean out ash and other debris in the firebox. With special, long-reach brushes they brush down the interior walls all the way to the top of the chimney to loosen and remove built-up soot and creosote. Many chimney sweeps also offer inspections in tandem with cleanings to make sure you don’t have any cracks or damage inside the chimney or out. Repair work or additions — such as installing a chimney cap — can increase the cleaning time.

How often should you have your chimney swept?

Regularly having your chimney cleaned is highly recommended both to improve the chimney’s efficiency as a heat source and to prevent home fires. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends having your chimney inspected at least once a year. You can hire a chimney sweep to clean the chimney while also inspecting it to ensure there is no damage to the lining, firebox or masonry. If you’ve had a new fireplace or wood-burning stove installed, CSIA urges you to have it checked halfway into the first season of use to make sure it’s operating safely. According to industry standards, a chimney sweep is recommended if more than 1/8 of an inch of soot or creosote has built up in the chimney or flue. Some fireplace experts suggest having your chimney cleaned, regardless of buildup, after every 1-2 cords of wood burned. Consult with your chimney sweep about what is best for optimal efficiency and safety with your fireplace.

How does a chimney get cleaned?

A professional chimney sweep can clean your fireplace and chimney to help prevent chimney fires and keep your fireplace running in peak condition. Regular chimney cleanings are critical for removing the highly flammable creosote that can build up inside the walls of your chimney over time and cause chimney fires. When hiring a cleaning company, ask the chimney sweep if their cleaning fee includes removing soot, creosote and blockages from the chimney flue and liner, cleaning the smoke chamber and shelf, and cleaning the firebox and the damper to ensure that you’re getting a comprehensive cleaning. Expect the chimney sweep to cover the flooring around the fireplace and properly seal off your fireplace opening to catch any soot that comes out during the cleaning.

Look for a chimney sweep who has been certified by a nationally recognized organization such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), Fireplace Investigation Research and Education (FIRE), or the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). This will help ensure that your chimney work will be completed in a professional manner and your home will be safe from a chimney fire.

Do I need to clean my chimney?

A fireplace makes a home cozy in winter, but it also requires cleaning to keep your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 28 percent of home heating fires are caused by a failure to clean solid-fueled heating equipment — primarily chimneys. On top of that scary fact, nearly 20 percent of all fire deaths are caused by home heating equipment. At a minimum, the NFPA urges homeowners to have chimneys and fireplaces inspected once a year to ensure there are no obstructions blocking the flow of air or any buildup of dangerous and highly flammable creosote.

A certified chimney sweep will know what warning signs to look for and have the proper tools. Besides personal safety, saving money is a great motivation for having a chimney sweep regularly clean your chimney. If your chimney liner is not kept clean and in good working order, replacing it can cost thousands of dollars.

A yearly cleaning is the baseline for a safe chimney. If your chimney is your main heating source, ask your chimney sweep whether you should have it cleaned more often. If your chimney is not venting properly and smoke is coming into your house, if you notice that the wood you burn is not burning efficiently (turning completely to ash) or if you have other concerns, call for a chimney cleaning and inspection right away.

Reviews for Denver chimney sweepers
David D.
Chimney Sweep did a great job diagnosing the issue with my fireplace and repairing it quickly on a unique gasoline fireplace model.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Amy D.
A chimney sweep was great! They were able to schedule an appointment the day after I reached out, were very courteous and professional with the help I needed with my fireplace.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Chris L.
A Chimney Sweep was very responsive and communicated very well in getting the insurance certificates, etc. that we needed prior to doing the work. He followed through and did a great job. I look forward to working with him again!
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
John L.
Carlos was very punctual and helpful in all aspects of our interaction with him. I would recommend Carlos if you have any issues with your fireplace or need a thorough cleaning/sweeping on your chimney or fireplace. I will hire again next year.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Sean W.
I was able to get an appointment within a week of contacting a chimney sweep. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to get my fireplace up and running and looking great for a value that can't be beat! In time for Christmas as well! Will definitely be using them in the future for my fireplace needs.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Pamela M.
Carlos, from A Chimney Sweep, did a fantastic job servicing my gas fireplace. He was prompt, kept in touch with me via text, and cleaned up everything when he was done! The price was reasonable, and I will reach out next year when it's time.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Joan M.
Carlos did a great job at my son's home to clean his chimney and partially cleaning his ash pit. Although he could only partially clean the ash pit his attempt was limited based on how the ash pit was built in this 1950's slab home. My son was pleased with the result. Carlos primarily works on the weekends which worked out fine for our needs. I would not hesitate in recommending A Chimney Sweep for his services. Can't beat the price and work quality.
A Chimney Sweep LLCA Chimney Sweep LLC
Tom S.
Quoted me $125 on the phone, then waited till he was done to mention it was $200 for cleaning the brick on my chimney in addition to the chimney sweeping (even though we had talked about both for the original quote). Nathan tried to tell me it was a “communication problem”. Yeah, you forgot to tell me it would be 200% more than you originally quoted. Totally feel taken advantage of. When I asked him to make it right, or I’d leave a poor review, he told me not to threaten him. Not professional, do not recommend!!
American Home Inspections And Chimney Sweeps LLCAmerican Home Inspections And Chimney Sweeps LLC
Greg W.
We first had him out for a quote over the summer on fixing our chimney and he was transparent and professional with what it would take, and we agreed we would be better off using our wood stove (that we also have in the house) instead when winter comes. Quote was free. Fast forward to today, we had been using our wood stove a lot and we had him out for a wood stove sweep. Very professional, provided helpful tips, fair price, and did a great job all around. He has an excellent eye for service and is exactly why we brought him back the second time. Thank you!
Douglas ChimneyDouglas Chimney
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