SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services - Your Northern Virginia Chimney Sweep Specialists

Chimney Cleaning

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Chimney Cleaning - or "Chimney Sweeping" as it's more properly known - is a process in which our CSIA certified chimney sweep technicians use high-powered chimney vacuums and specialized chimney brushes on extending rods to physically scrub and clean the inside of the chimney to dislodge and remove dangerous and flammable creosote, built-up soot, and other debris.

Chimney sweeping services are provided for all types of chimneys and flues including open fire (fireplace) chimneys and flues, as well as for other coal, gas, oil, and wood-fired heating systems and cooking appliances.

We are keenly aware that working in someone's home requires special care. Our state of the art chimney cleaning process and equipment ensures the cleanliness of each home we service. To ensure maximum cleanliness, our technicians use specialized vacuums, engineered specifically for the chimney sweeping trade, during the cleaning process to collect and filter all brushable soot, ash, and fine dust particles. We will also provide a final cleaning to collect and haul away heavier deposits and any remaining debris and to vacuum up any remaining dust or soot. Our technicians will use tarps and other protective coverings as well as protective shoe coverings ("booties") while in your residence to ensure that your home, furniture, and furnishing are kept clean during the entire chimney sweeping process.


Our chimney sweeping process consists of the following steps:
  • Clean inside the chimney using special wire brushes and extension rods to thoroughly brush and remove deposits from the flue all the way to the top of the chimney.

  • Use hand brushes and scrapers to scrub the inside of the fireplace and firebox walls, the smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and the area around the damper assembly and frame.

  • Conduct a Level I visual inspection of the chimney in accordance with NFPA 211 standards. Inspect the firebox, damper, smoke chamber, flue, and the chimney exterior to verify that the chimney structure is sound and that the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, such as creosote, and to identify any deficiencies in condition and any repairs that may be needed.

  • Provide a written report upon completion to serve as a record of the service performed and to document any recommendations and repairs that may be needed based on the inspection findings.

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