Chimney Cleaning with Safeside Chimney

As a leading Chimney Sweep in CT, our team understands what it takes to deliver the best results, least hassle and some of the best prices around.  Proper care and maintenance to your chimney is a critical element in home ownership.  Our tough Connecticut weather makes having an operating fireplace an almost necessity!

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How Does Chimney Cleaning work?

Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning  Most people have no idea what goes into a Chimney inspection and a chimney cleaning.  Generally we use wire brushes for masonry chimneys  and for metal chimneys we use special polypropylene brushes.  It is important that the proper type and size brush for the chimney application is used.

  • Top Down (Rod Method)  This process of cleaning is completed on the top of the roof.  Our cleaning professionals use the chimney brush to clean the interior flue lining.  The chimney brush is connected to flexible metal rods, which are added as we work down the chimney in order to complete the entire chimney sweep.
  • Bottom Up:   Your chimney is cleaned from the inside of your house – your fireplace or woodstove – up through the chimney opening.  There are cases where this is the best method for dust control purposes or chimney accessibility.  Our professionals are trained to produce the best results for you and your home by supplying  tarps and drop cloths to ensure the cleanliness of your home and furniture. We guarantee no mess to your home.

Chimney Cleaning Pricing

Here at Safeside we work hard to give you the most value for your dollar. So we keep the cost of chimney sweeping down by recommending doing routine chimney cleaning in the spring as opposed to the busy fall season.

Below are our current PRICES. 

  • Chimney Inspection: Safeside performs level I chimney inspections – cost $125
  • Service Call:  Generally when service needed but unsure what visit will entail – $150
  • Oil or Fireplace Chimney Flue: Routine sweep of One Fireplace chimney flue  or Oil/Gas heating flue is $199 +tax
  • Additional Chimney Flues:  We charge only $99 for any additional chimney flues done on spot.  For example (Oil furnace chimney and Fireplace chimney $298 + tax)
  • Free standing wood and pellet stoves:  Routine sweep $229 + tax
  • Wood/Pellet inserts that have full chimney liner – Routine sweep $229 + tax
  • Un-Lined Wood or Pellet inserts:  Wood or Pellet inserts that aren’t lined and need  removal and reinstallation require on-site assessment.
    (All Routine Chimney Sweep prices listed include Chimney Inspection)

Do I Have to Clean My Chimney?

chimney cleaningChimney sweeping is necessary in order to maintain the safety of your chimney operation.  Our sweeping services work to thoroughly clean out soot and debris, inspect the chimney, and make any referrals for repair if any problems are recognized and require repairing. This includes scraping the sides of your chimney walls to remove any creosote that has built up over time.  Our number one concern is the safety of you and your family, so we work carefully to ensure your wood stove or fireplace’s chimney area is clean.
Most people know that they should clean their woodburning chimney flues to prevent dangerous chimney fires but the Oil or Gas  heating appliance also has a chimney flue, which generally is in use year round.
OIL HEAT Chimney flues require regular cleaning and maintenance  – The majority of our emergency jobs are due to lack of maintenance to the heating chimney flues.  We usually get the call to clean a chimney flue when the chimney is actually clogged or collapsed causing a no-heat situation.  Generally at this stage it is much past the point of routine chimney cleaning and may require an emergency chimney de-clog job which adds additional cost, often at a time of freezing temperatures.   It is recommended to have chimney sweeps done after the winter, during the spring and the summer, instead of waiting until the last minute when prices go up for the busy fall season.

Our Chimney Cleaning & function Checklist

You can rest assured knowing that our team will go through this comprehensive checklist.

-Our Pro’s will Look for debris in your Chimney that could reduce airflow and functionality of your Chimney.

-We will inspect your damper to ensure proper movement and fit against the smoke shelf

-We will check the firebox for any damage that needs attention.

-We will remove all Creosote Deposits greater than 1/8th of an inch

-We will check for any damaged bricks, flue liners, cracks, etc.and much more!

How Often Should I Clean My Chimney?

Conducting a chimney sweeping every 1-2 years helps prevent fires and prevent harmful fumes.  However, you may need to be done more frequently depending on how often you use your fireplace and/or stove.  Oil heat should be cleaned and inspected yearly as well.  Gas heat flues generally don’t require cleaning as long as there is a chimney cap to prevent outside debris from blocking flue.  It should however be inspected to make sure it is still gas tight and sound on a regular basis