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Chimney Sweep Cost

Chimney Sweep and Repair
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Chimney sweeping removes soot, combustible creosote, and other debris from a flue to prevent a home fire and help maintain a healthy home environment. A certified chimney sweep should also inspect for damage like loose bricks, missing mortar, and cracked tiles. Normal chimney sweep cost figures include:

  • Sweeping an open fireplace can fall in the average range of $75-$200. The higher the chimney, the greater the cost.
  • Cleaning a wood burning stove with liners averages about $109-$209.
  • Cleaning wood burning stove inserts with liners costs about $109-$149.
  • For homeowners who will clean their fireplace and chimney themselves, a brush and rod set costs $20-$30 for a masonry chimney and $29-$36 for a metal chimney. Other useful equipment includes a ladder, goggles, stiff scrubbing brush, dust mask, drop cloths, and commercial vacuum.
  • Note: Prices can vary by region and chimney cleaning company.

Additional chimney sweep cost figures:

  • Stove inserts without liners that extend to the top of the chimney must be pulled out for cleaning, incurring an additional $40-$50. Insert pipes that are removed for cleaning can cost about $20.
  • When a video camera system is employed for a cleaning, the cost rises by $10-$300.
  • Soot and creosote buildup, an unconventionally shaped flue, and repairs will raise a chimney sweeper's cost.

Discounts:

  • Some chimney cleaning companies offer a 10% senior discount and up to $10 off for regular customers.

When chimney sweepers work, they will use tarps to cover the hearth and floor adjacent to the fireplace and a vacuum to control dust. If the chimney is shorter than 35 feet, they will clean it from both the top and bottom. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises that homeowners have their chimneys cleaned once annually or after each burning of a cord of wood.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) divides inspections into three categories: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. A routine Level 1 inspection is performed for a chimney used regularly under normal conditions. A deeper Level 2 inspection is carried out when the fuel used is changed; the chimney flue is rebuilt and/or relined; the chimney is subjected to an earthquake or house fire; or the house is put up for sale. When Level 1 or 2 inspections indicate an underlying hazard, a Level 3 inspection is conducted to gauge the construction and condition of concealed areas of the chimney.

Chimney sweep cost figures will depend on many factors from the condition of the fireplace and chimney to its design and size.

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