Do you remember Dick Van Dyke’s character, Bert, from Mary Poppins? Did you know he was a chimney sweep? I’m sure you gathered as much watching him carry around that funny brush while all covered in soot. While, we all love this character and his good-natured spirit, he and his crew give a bit of a false portrayal on what it’s like to be a chimney sweep – and how messy they are.

To answer the big question… No. Chimney sweeping services should actually not make a mess inside of your house. That is, if you’re working with a team that is professionally trained and dedicated to quality customer service.

If you live in Hillsborough or anywhere surrounding, the certified chimney technicians here at Highpoint Chimney Services are the best of the best, which means you won’t need to worry about our guys leaving any sort of mess when it comes to your home and chimney.

What Is Chimney Sweeping?

a stone chimney with a chimney sweeping brush sticking out of the topThe term “chimney sweep” can actually either refer to the actual task of cleaning the chimney, or the person doing the job. To avoid confusion, we use the term chimney technician when referring to our amazing staff.

Chimney sweeping (aka – chimney cleaning) is a process that should be done annually to help remove dirt, debris, creosote, and other unwanted byproducts that form when you use your chimney, all of which increase the risk of chimney fires and gas leaks. When you choose Highpoint Chimney Services for your chimney sweeping needs, you can trust that our certified technicians will remove all of the yucky stuff gunking up your chimney, so you and your family can keep enjoying those fires going as safely as possible.

You can also rest assured that our technicians do such a great job of containing the dirt and debris during this process – you won’t even know we were there!

Why Is Chimney Sweeping Important?

You may be thinking that you’re in the clear if you don’t have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, since these are the ones that produce that combustible creosote. But you’re not…

All chimneys – regardless of what type of fuel source you use – need to be cleaned each year.

Creosote isn’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to chimneys. Anytime you use your chimney, some sort of byproduct is created whether it be creosote from wood or carbon monoxide and condensation from gas. Chimneys are also susceptible to debris and other intruders, like animals building nests, that can cause blockages in the flue.

Remember – your chimney’s purpose is to funnel smoke and other unwanted things out of your home. If the inside of your chimney is filled up with soot or blocked by branches or a nest, then all that stuff your chimney works to keep out of your home, can end up going right back in. The best way to avoid this is having your chimney swept, or cleaned, each year. 

Can I Sweep My Own Chimney?

We get this question a lot. We know that everyone loves a good DIY project, but this is not the time for that. Chimney cleaning is an involved process that requires the right knowledge and tools to ensure the job is done safely and the right way. We strongly encourage our customers to avoid tackling this job on their own and leaving it to our certified technicians.

When it comes to the safety of your family and home, we feel it’s better not to take chances… Don’t you?

Chimney Sweeping FAQs

How often should I get my chimney cleaned?

a chimney technician using a vacuum to clean a fireboxEvery chimney should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. You should also have it inspected any time it changes ownership (i.e., you buy a new house), you change how you use it, and anytime damage or a fire has occurred.

Do I have to have my gas stove chimney cleaned?

Yes, all chimney types, regardless of fuel source, need to be inspected and cleaned each year. 

When is the best time to have my chimney cleaned?

Late spring and through summer are great times to have this done since it tends to be the time when you aren’t using it. It also makes sure you’re all set in time to use your chimney during the next winter season, allowing us to tackle repairs and any big projects earlier in the year.

Book With Our Techs Today

Bottom line? Having your chimney cleaned is the best way to keep your family and home safer while enjoying the ambiance of a cozy fire. When it comes to the mess, that should be the least of your worries. Our certified technicians always take care of that. When you choose HIghpoint Chimney Services, you’re choosing a company that takes pride in their work and customer service.

Give us a call at 908-864-4114, or you can reach out online now to see how we can help with your chimney needs. Thanks for trusting us.