Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning

Our standard chimney cleaning process follows a structured approach to ensure the chimney is thoroughly cleaned and functioning safely. Here’s an outline of what this process typically includes:

Initial Inspection

Before any cleaning begins, an initial inspection is required of the chimney and is conducted. This step is crucial to assess the current condition of the chimney and identify any specific areas that might need special attention during the cleaning process. It also helps in determining the presence of any structural issues or blockages and is required by NFPA 211 building code.


To ensure a clean and safe working environment, the area around the fireplace is prepared. This involves laying down drop cloths to protect the flooring and furnishings from soot and debris. Additionally, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuums are set up to capture fine particles of soot and creosote, thereby preventing them from spreading into the home.


The core of the cleaning process involves sweeping the firebox, smoke chamber, and chimney liner. Specialized brushes are used for this purpose, designed to effectively remove soot, creosote, and any other debris that has accumulated within these areas. This step is critical for reducing the risk of chimney fires and improving the overall efficiency of the chimney.

Removal of Creosote

After the sweeping is complete, the removed creosote and other debris are carefully collected and removed. Creosote, a highly flammable byproduct of wood combustion, can accumulate in chimneys and pose a significant fire hazard if not regularly cleaned out.

Addressing Stage 3 Creosote

If during the cleaning process, any stage 3 creosote is encountered – which is a particularly dense and tar-like accumulation – a chemical treatment is recommended. This typically involves the use of chimney sweep logs, which help break down the creosote, making it easier to remove. After the chemical treatment, a return visit can be scheduled for mechanical cleaning to ensure that all the creosote is thoroughly removed.

This standard chimney cleaning process not only contributes to the safety and efficiency of your chimney but also helps in prolonging its lifespan. Regular cleaning is essential to prevent the build-up of hazardous materials like creosote and to ensure that your chimney is operating safely and effectively.