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"I want a chimney sweep"

Haven't used my chimney in years - but would like to use it again for heating our home. Heard that chimney fires can occur if soot and ash build up occurs in the chimney. Also need an inspection to be sure I don't need to replace my chimney liner, or if the chimney itself needs any repairs. I am looking for a cheap reliable, and professional chimney cleaning company.

wanted by: jheyun (49) in Boston, MA 02114 +
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 3:59 p.m. (6 years ago)
posted on: Feb. 9, 2011, 12:13 p.m. (7 years, 8 months ago)
tags: chimney chimney cleaning home improvement
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Re: I want a chimney sweep

You're smart to get your chimney looked at before using your fireplace. We burn a lot of wood and paper trash, so I have our chimney cleaned every two or three years, although my chimney sweep says I should do it after burning a cord of wood. It costs me $125 per visit up her in Vermont. I think he actually gives a bit of a discount because I'm a repeat customer.

Our chimney on our 150-year old converted farmhouse is maybe 25 feet tall, so our chimney cleaning service can clean the whole thing from the fireplace opening, using a brush and extension handles. It's a messy job, but he does a great job controlling the filth with his shop vacuum and numerous tarps. I have to make sure and call him in the Fall before there is too much snow on the roof for him to get up there.

About 25 years ago, we actually had a small chimney fire. Luckily it was contained and didn't travel from the chimney itself, but it woke me up and got me to pay more attention to it. I guess our creosote buildup was bad enough to ignite, but not bad enough to stay ignited very long.

Anyway, get it done. For you and your family's sake.
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Watch a chimney cleaner in action (video)

Wow, if you like filth, you'll love this video!

It's not just creosote that clogs up your chimney, it's also birds, bird droppings and bird nests.

This is a video of Jim McPherson of Chimney Service Company, Roswell, Georgia. He has been cleaning and repairing chimneys since 1984. Here he shows some of the basics of chimney cleaning where chimney swifts have been nesting just above the fireplace.

If you live around Roswell, Georgia, give Jim a call for your chimney cleaning needs: 770-992-9565!

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