Is Your Chimney Belching out Too Much Smoke into Your Home?

What to Consider Before Hiring a Chimney Sweep

Before you pick up the phone to call a professional chimney sweep, you will need to think of some pertinent questions to ask them, such as their company’s credentials and level of training. Chimney cleaning services usually belong to national trade associations, that have rigid guidelines regarding training and services. Independent chimney sweeps can receive certification also. Sadly, due to the increasing demand for these cleaning services, it has resulted in numerous fly-by-night companies.

Every fully trained chimney sweep expert should do more than push a wire brush into a chimney several times then expect to be paid. Referrals via word-of-mouth are excellent ways to find a reputable company. Another thing you need to consider is availability. Every chimney sweeping service or individual will have their busy seasons. Which is why most customers try to hire one in the fall or summer months, to be properly prepared for the oncoming winter months.

It could be easier to make an appointment in the late spring or summer unless it is a dire emergency. Some homes depend heavily on wood burning stoves and could need multiple cleaningsthroughout the winter months. Which is why we, at Flathead Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services of Coram, MT, always tell our clients to book an appointment well in advance. Should you have a problem with budgetary issues, find a sweep that only does cleaning and inspection, and no repairs.

Sweeps employed by larger maintenance companies sometimes discover other problems during their cleaning sessions, which could leave the homeowner vulnerable to extra service plans. A good sweep must only work with state-of-the-art equipment and tools, however, should never use a cleaning session to advertise upgrades and repairs. It’s not uncommon for a chimney cleaner to point out possible hazards, but homeowners should be left to make their own minds up on who to hire to fix these problems.


If you think your chimney needs cleaning or inspecting, then call us now at (406) 249-5732.