How Long Does Fireplace Cleaning Take

How Long Does a Chimney Sweep Take?

If you are ready to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned, you may be wondering what to expect and how long it will take to perform chimney and fireplace cleaning. The simple answer is it will generally take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.

Technicians will spend time setting up equipment, such as laying drop cloths to protect your living space against the likes of chimney debris and soot. There is also packing up at the end to clean up all the resulting debris. Because of this, the total service time can often exceed an hour. Although, you shouldn’t have to put aside any more than two hours for the entire service, from start to finish. Below is a more thorough look at what to expect.

Cap or no cap

The total time expenditure of a chimney service depends on a few factors. We recommend that if you do not have one already, get a chimney cap that covers the opening. This stops any outside debris from falling down the chimney, in addition to keeping animals from making homes or getting trapped inside. So, if your chimney already has a cap, the chimney sweep process will take less time. Chimneys that do not have a cap will often have extra debris that must be removed.


Another factor that will impact on the amount of time the chimney service takes is buildup. Creosote is a tar buildup that is found in every chimney. Because it is a byproduct of wood burning, some residue will always be left in the chimney after every fire. Over time, it will create a thick layer of black tar, and because creosote is flammable, it is important to have this buildup removed by a professional.

This is probably the biggest reason why regular chimney cleaning is so important. If it’s been a while since your chimney was cleaned, there could be more creosote present, and the service will take longer.

If you would like to make an appointment with a professional fireplace cleaning service, please contact Flathead Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services at (406) 249-5732 now if you live in the Coram, MT region.