Most homeowners know that chimney sweeping is an essential part of maintaining their home’s safety. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys should be inspected annually and, if needed, swept. But how much you should expect to pay for this service? And what does the service include?
What should I expect to pay for a chimney sweep?
For a standard chimney sweep and inspection of your chimney system, most chimney companies charge between $200-$275 for a single flue (i.e., a single fireplace or wood stove). Our single flue charge is $229. If you have multiple flues or appliances, the cost will increase. For example, we charge $150 per additional flue.
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What should a chimney sweep include?
Drop cloths to protect your home around the wood stove or fireplace
High-powered drills to spin a weed-whacker-like device or broom up your chimney (this dislodges creosote and other build-up)
Specialized vacuum with a HEPA filter to contain dust and particles
What should a chimney inspection include?
These days, most chimney technicians use an internal inspection camera, which allows them to take an in-depth look at the inside of the chimney. You should expect them to provide photo documentation of all aspects of your chimney—especially if there are any issues found. As part of the inspection, the technician should also assess the fireplace and/or woodstove and its immediate surroundings to ensure it is installed correctly and meets all safety codes. Finally, the inspection shouldn’t be limited to the woodstove or fireplace. The chimney technician should access all places where the chimney system passes, including the basement, the attic, and roof (if safe to do so).
Tip: Ask about value, not price.
If you are getting quotes from multiple chimney companies, don’t just ask about price. Take note of what that chimney sweep and inspection includes, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Will they be using a chimney camera?
- Do they access the roof to inspect the chimney?
- Will they look in the basement and the attic?
- Will you receive a written report?
- Will documentation of any damage be given to you?
- Do they carry workman’s compensation and liability insurance?
- Are their technicians certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America or other certification body?