How much does a chimney sweep cost?

Average cost in 20149: $90 See National

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The average cost for a chimney cleaner is $90. You are likely to spend between $70 and $120 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated July 1st, 2017

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that homeowners have chimneys, fireplaces and vents inspected at least once a year to make sure they’re sound and free of deposits that would hamper the flow of air or smoke moving up and outside the home. It’s also a matter of safety: The NFPA reports that 30 percent of fires caused by fireplaces result from failure to clean the chimney. Chimney sweeping companies inspect chimneys, fireplaces and possibly even the vents that make up an HVAC system to ensure that they’re free of debris and working properly. These professionals can also inspect and clean clothes dryer vents and ducts, another common cause of home fires. On average, the nationwide cost for chimney cleaning is $80–$150. Chimney service companies typically offer a cleaning and inspection together for a flat fee, unless there are mitigating circumstances.

Flat rates

Like many other tradespeople, chimney sweeps offer flat rates for cleaning and inspection. DNG Complete Home Improvement, SNG Chimney Sweep and Xtreme Chimney Sweeps all will clean and inspect chimneys for for $89–$120.

Repairs and maintenance

DNG Complete Home Improvement charges $99 for cleaning. The company offers free estimates for chimney repairs and typically charge $99 to install a chimney cap, not including the cost of materials. SNG Chimney Sweep can take care of a wide range of masonry repair, brick repair, tuck pointing, back walls, fireplace floor repair and crown repair. Prices vary based on the extent of the repair.

Fireplace or wood-burning stove

Chimney professionals typically clean chimneys on both fireplaces and wood stoves for about the same price.

Chimney liners

The purpose of a chimney liner is to ensure that heat (and fire) stay contained in the fireplace and chimney, to protect the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion, and to make sure the fireplace or woodstove has the proper size flue for maximum efficiency. Liners are typically made of heat-tolerant materials such as clay, ceramic or metal. Keeping your chimney clean and in working order is key because replacing a chimney liner can cost $2,500–$5,000.

Certification

Some chimney sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which offers training and certification in chimney cleaning and repair.

Gas fireplaces

Gas fireplaces do not create the same soot and creosote buildup as wood-burning fireplaces do, but professionals still recommend that chimneys be inspected every year.

Cost-saving strategies

Keeping chimneys capped, clean, and free of cracks and leaks prevents problems of water damage and litter getting in, which, in turn, will decrease the likelihood of developing bigger, more expensive problems.

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Recent reviews

Chimney sweep clean

Nir knew what he was doing, was thorough with his work, and was very pleasant. We were long overdue a chimney sweep so there was a lot of buildup that he needed to remove. Before he embarked on the intensive cleaning he explained to us why this was a more involved job than a regular chimney sweep. Accordingly, it cost more than the base price for a regular chimney sweep but it was a perfectly fair price. In addition, Nir repaired the ash box at no charge. We plan to call him for our annual chimney maintenance.

Fireplace Professionals LLC

Inspection and cleaning - Jerry was friendly, efficient and reasonable from a cost perspective. Definitely will be using his services again.

Altons Finest Chimney Sweep Over 40 years experience

Ricky was very professional. Prompt. Explained things thoroughly. Provided updates and photos of the work. No pressure. Inspected and cleaned chimney. Came back to do some minor repairs to the brick and re-waterproof that area. Did all when convenient for me, on time and at a reasonable price. Definitely recommend.