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Serving all of Marin and Sonoma counties including Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Healdsburg.

Services include Chimney Cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning. Brands include Rotobrush.
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How to Choose
Choosing a Good Chimney Sweep in Marin County

Heating prices began to rise considerably in the e70s and e80s. Many people decided to try wood as a lower priced source of energy. With this new interest in firewood, there was also a big increase in the wood burning stove market. With this surge in wood-burning stoves, the problems faced a hundred years ago returned. As soot and creosote accumulate, a fire hazard is created which could only be eradicated by a professional chimney sweep. This created a new job market for independent chimney sweep companies and safety inspectors of fireplaces....

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Heating prices began to rise considerably in the e70s and e80s. Many people decided to try wood as a lower priced source of energy. With this new interest in firewood, there was also a big increase in the wood burning stove market. With this surge in wood-burning stoves, the problems faced a hundred years ago returned. As soot and creosote accumulate, a fire hazard is created which could only be eradicated by a professional chimney sweep. This created a new job market for independent chimney sweep companies and safety inspectors of fireplaces.

There are many chimney sweep companies to choose from in Marin County that serve the major cities of San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, and San Anselmo, as well as the smaller towns like Almonte, Dillon Beach, Sleepy Hollow, and Tiburon. But before you choose a chimney sweep company for your home, you need to do some research to find out which company is right for you.

Questions Before Deciding to Hire a Chimney Professional in Marin County
Before hiring a chimney professional to clean your chimney or fireplace, you need to ask yourself these questions:

  • Do the visible parts of your fireplace or stove need cleaning?
    This job might be messy and take time, but you can clean just as well as a chimney sweep with the right equipment.
  • Could you accomplish this task without having to pay the expense of hiring a professional?
  • Do the ashes need to be cleaned out of the fireplace?
    Chimney sweeps probably will not volunteer to do this.
  • If you only need cosmetic jobs done, don't need to call a chimney sweep. Do it yourself.

If you have used your wood stove for several months (especially burning oily wood like pine), you will need to have a chimney sweep remove the build-up of creosote. This creosote is released when the wood burns and stays on the inner walls of the chimney or the flue. Soot can be removed with a wire brush alone, but creosote cannot. The problem is that when creosote and soot become hot enough, the end result can be a chimney fire. So if you are burning oily wood on a regular basis and think there may be a buildup of creosote, certainly call a professional chimney sweep. Chimney sweeps use chemicals to breakdown the hardened creosote.

Locating Trained, Professional Chimney Sweep Companies in Marin County
When you decide to hire a chimney sweep, ask for the credentials of the company. You may also want to ask for the chimney sweep's level of training. Many of the chimney sweep companies in Marin County belong to national associations. These associations have very strict guidelines about the training and the services. Individual chimney sweeps may actually get certification from a fire safety training center. However, because the greater need for chimney sweeps, there are many fly by night training setups. A trained professional chimney sweep will not just run a wire brush in the chimney a few times and leave. You will find the most legitimate advertising from friends and neighbors with word burning stoves.

Marin County chimney sweeps have their own busy and slow seasons, similar to those who prepare tax returns. Most people will think of hiring chimney sweeps during the early winter months so they can be prepared for the winter weather. The best time to schedule your appointment might be in the spring or summer, unless it is an emergency. Homes that depend heavily on this type of wood burning stove may need to clean it two to four times during the winter. You also should ask about availability when hiring the chimney sweep. It might be several months before there is an opening in the schedule.

If you are on a budget, you should look for a Marin County chimney sweep who only cleans and inspects chimneys, not one who repairs. The chimney sweeps who are employed by larger maintenance companies may find other problems during the cleaning, which will leave the homeowner susceptible to additional charges. A respected chimney sweep will have state of the art equipment and tools, but wouldn't use this cleaning job to do many upgrades and repairs. It is proper for the chimney sweep to show the homeowner potential problems, but the owner should then be able to determine what he/she wants to do to take care of these repairs.

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Know What You Want
Asking Questions Before Hiring a Marin County Chimney Sweep Professional

Before choosing a chimney sweep in Marin County to clean the chimney in your home, you must be considering which chimney sweep will complete an inspection and/or related service on your chimney. Knowing that proper maintenance and attention to service will protect you from preventable fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, it is imperative to choose professional help intelligently.

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Before choosing a chimney sweep in Marin County to clean the chimney in your home, you must be considering which chimney sweep will complete an inspection and/or related service on your chimney. Knowing that proper maintenance and attention to service will protect you from preventable fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, it is imperative to choose professional help intelligently.

Some questions to help ensure the chimney sweep is a credible technician are:

  • Does this person have a business liability insurance policy to protect your house and furnishings if there are accidents?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Marin County Chimney sweep to have? (i.e. good communication skills, starting a job on time, honesty, reliability, timeliness, cleanliness)
  • Does the chimney have any current references?
  • Does the chimney sweep have complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau r to the city?
  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • How many years has the chimney sweep been in business?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Marin County Chimney Sweeps on the Phone

When speaking with local chimney sweeps in Marin County in the major cities of Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, and Sausalito, it is wise to prepare a list of questions. This will keep you on track during the interview and will help make sure you the answers you need to make an informed decision. It is a good idea to write down the answers you get from each of the chimney sweep companies. This way you can keep straight which Marin County chimney sweep answered each question and will help make it clear which chimney sweep to hire....

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When speaking with local chimney sweeps in Marin County in the major cities of Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, and Sausalito, it is wise to prepare a list of questions. This will keep you on track during the interview and will help make sure you the answers you need to make an informed decision. It is a good idea to write down the answers you get from each of the chimney sweep companies. This way you can keep straight which Marin County chimney sweep answered each question and will help make it clear which chimney sweep to hire.

  • Will you be able to inspect and /or clean other flues in the home besides just the fireplace?
    Sometimes chimney sweeps will give you a cut in price when more than one chimney or flue will be inspected and/or cleaned. If they are coming to clean your fireplace flue, it is also a good idea to have him/ her look at your furnace/water heater flues as well.
  • Will you inspect the chimney also?
    You should have your flue inspected with every cleaning. A thorough inspection will alert you to any unsafe conditions in your chimney . Never take it for granted that this will be done unless you specify you want it done.
  • How often would you need to clean my chimney?
    A chimney sweep can make a reasonable estimate for time between cleanings based on how often you burn wood in your stove/fireplace.
  • How much would you charge for this chimney cleaning job?
    Be sure to know exactly what you are getting for your money (for instance, chimney inspection and cleaning, or just chimney cleaning).
  • What type of certification does the chimney sweep company have?
    A chimney sweep professional can be skilled even if he/she doesn't have certifications, but it may be comforting for you to know if your chimney professional is certified by CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America), F.I.R.E.(Fire Investigation Research and Education), or a regional organization like the Golden State Chimney Sweeping Guild in California
  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • How long has the chimney sweep been in business?
    This question will help establish what level of experience your chimney professional has.
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask Marin County Chimney Sweeps on the Phone

After selecting a few of the best chimney sweeps or chimney sweep companies in Marin County, visit some in person to meet the representative. Questions you may want to consider asking at this point include:...

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After selecting a few of the best chimney sweeps or chimney sweep companies in Marin County, visit some in person to meet the representative. Questions you may want to consider asking at this point include:

  • How long will it take to complete the chimney cleaning services?
    Every home is different, but the average thorough cleaning will take from 45 minutes to an hour. This time could increase significantly if there is creosote in your flue, or if the flue is damaged, or if there is a blockage such as a bird's nest.
  • How do I know if I just need the soot cleaned out if there is creosote there, too?
    Creosote is highly flammable and its presence in the chimney can ignite a chimney fire. Creosote in the chimney may indicate poor burning practices or a burning appliance that isn't working very well. Either way, you want to know if it is there, how the chimney sweep will remove it, and what you can do to prevent the presence of creosote in the chimney. Soot is a safe substance as long as it is removed before it accumulates and interferes with draft. Usually it can be easily brushed away.
  • Will it be necessary for you to go on the roof?
    A chimney professional may clean from the top down or clean from the bottom up. There is not one method preferred over the other method. You will want to know this procedure if you are concerned about the ladder doing damage to your landscaping.
  • What exactly do you do to clean out the chimney?
    The chimney sweep should be able to give you a step by step explanation of how he/she plans to clean your chimney and what he will do to protect your household during the cleaning process.
  • Do you charge a flat rate or by the hour for your chimney sweep services?
  • Do you have any specials for new customers?
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What to Ask References
Questions to Ask Previous Marin County Chimney Sweep Company Customers

It is smart to select a Diamond Certified chimney sweep company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a chimney sweep professional in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, including the major cities of Brentwood, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It is smart to select a Diamond Certified chimney sweep company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a chimney sweep professional in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, including the major cities of Brentwood, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified chimney sweep company within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your chimney sweep company. Keep in mind, though, that references given to you by the chimney sweep company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are rarely randomly selected from all their customers. So the company will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. Ask general questions about their experience with the company's personnel as well as specific questions about the chimney sweep services provided. Questions you might want to ask include:

  • What did you like best about this particular Marin County chimney sweep professional?
  • What chimney sweep services did the _(chimney sweep company name_) do for you?
  • Were you satisfied with the chimney sweep services from this Marin County chimney sweep company?
  • Would you go back to this chimney sweep company for future chimney sweep services?
  • If you live in smaller towns such as Bel Marin Keys, Lagunitas, Muir Beach, and San Geronimo , did they charge extra to travel to your home?
  • Did the company show up on time?
  • Did they clean up after completing the job?
  • Would you/have you recommend this chimney sweep company to your friends and family?
  • Did the chimney sweep company listen to and communicate with you?
  • Do you feel the price was fair for the chimney sweep services you had done?
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Review Your Options
Hiring a Chimney Sweep Company in Marin County Including the Smaller Cities of Tomales, Strawberry Point, Nicasio, and Forest Knolls

Choosing the right chimney sweep company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the other hand, cheaper companies may not provide all the services that you want. It's important to understand that every chimney sweep professional will perform their jobs a little differently. Ask for a specific checklist of exactly what your chimney sweep work will include.

Before making a final decision on the best chimney sweep company in Marin County for you, consider the following questions:...

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Choosing the right chimney sweep company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the other hand, cheaper companies may not provide all the services that you want. It's important to understand that every chimney sweep professional will perform their jobs a little differently. Ask for a specific checklist of exactly what your chimney sweep work will include.

Before making a final decision on the best chimney sweep company in Marin County for you, consider the following questions:

  • What does the Marin County chimney sweep company offer that is specific to my needs?
  • Is the chimney sweep company bonded and insured?
  • Can a chimney sweep company in Marin County provide my requirements for scheduling, chimney maintenance, and customer service?
  • Is the chimney company devoted to your satisfaction?
  • What are the billing practices of the chimney sweep company?
  • When was the last time rates were raised for chimney cleaning services? It is important to understand how often the costs of the company are raised so that you are not surprised in the future by unexpected increases.
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How to Work With
Working with a Chimney Sweep Company in Marin County

Marin County chimney sweep companies you trust for regular or one-time only chimney sweep services should give you peace of mind and the freedom to know you can burn your fireplace or woodstove safely. First, you will want to meet with the chimney sweep company representative and explain the services you are wanting. Be as detailed as possible, and remember: the representative should not rush you....

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Marin County chimney sweep companies you trust for regular or one-time only chimney sweep services should give you peace of mind and the freedom to know you can burn your fireplace or woodstove safely. First, you will want to meet with the chimney sweep company representative and explain the services you are wanting. Be as detailed as possible, and remember: the representative should not rush you.

Also it's essential to answer their questions and listen to their suggestions and observations, just as it's important for them to listen to you and answer your questions. Ask for an explanation if you don't understand what the chimney sweep representative is telling you or if they are using language and terms you can't understand. You should completely comprehend the services offered, policies, fees and guarantees before you sign an agreement or leave the shop.

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Be a Good Customer
Be a Good Chimney Sweep Company Customer

It is the chimney sweep company's responsibility to offer quality chimney sweep services using the best products and supplies. But you play a big part in the success of your chimney sweep company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a chimney sweep company in Marin County, including the major cities of Fairfax, Ross, and Belvedere:...

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It is the chimney sweep company's responsibility to offer quality chimney sweep services using the best products and supplies. But you play a big part in the success of your chimney sweep company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a chimney sweep company in Marin County, including the major cities of Fairfax, Ross, and Belvedere:

  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if your chimney sweep professional can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the chimney sweep professional on schedule.
  • Pay for the chimney sweep service promptly.
  • Be clear and upfront with the chimney sweep company. Let them know what you want from your chimney sweep professional, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a chimney sweep in Marin County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the chimney sweep representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local chimney sweep company occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your chimney sweep professional if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Chimney sweep professionals in Marin County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Check the Invoice and Look over the Completed Work

When the chimney sweep service is completed, most chimney professionals will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:...

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When the chimney sweep service is completed, most chimney professionals will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:

  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the chimney sweep company.
  • The contractor's name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • An itemized list of all chimney supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for chimney services, including the amount due for labor.

It is a good idea to compare the completed work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the area with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your chimney during the months of use. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Warranties from Chimney Sweep Companies in Marin County

The majority of good chimney sweep contractors in Marin County offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials they've used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:...

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The majority of good chimney sweep contractors in Marin County offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials they've used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:

  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim on failed chimney cleaning services (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship for chimney cleaning or chimney repair services.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • The chimney sweep professional's name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair the product in the event of a product failure.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Ten Chimney Sweep Service Requests in Marin County

Chimney sweep professionals in Marin County, including the major cities of San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, and San Anselmo, provide all types of chimney services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the top 10 requests for local chimney sweep companies.

Chimney Cleaning Services in Marin County
This is the process of eliminating soot, creosote, and debris from chimneys. This should be done on a regular basis in order for the chimney to operate as efficiently and safely as possible.

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Chimney sweep professionals in Marin County, including the major cities of San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, and San Anselmo, provide all types of chimney services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the top 10 requests for local chimney sweep companies.

Chimney Cleaning Services in Marin County
This is the process of eliminating soot, creosote, and debris from chimneys. This should be done on a regular basis in order for the chimney to operate as efficiently and safely as possible.

Using Chimney Cleaning Logs in Marin County Homes
A log saturated with chemicals that is burned in a fireplace and loosens creosote and soot in the flue. This is not a safe substitute for literally physically cleaning the flue by a chimney professional.

Chimney Sweep Brush
Quality brush made out of hundreds of sturdy, durable wire bristles used to clean chimney flues.

Chimney Sweep Equipment
Supplies used by chimney sweeps to clean, maintain, and repair chimneys and/or fireplaces

Marin County Chimney Sweeping
Refers to the mechanical cleaning of chimneys to eliminate debris, creosote, and soot. This is usually done with brushes and mechanical scraping

Chimney Damper Caps
Chimney dampers with caps are attached to the top of the chimney. This device has a cap to protect them from weather.

Chimney Repair in Marin County
The process of restoring broken or damaged chimneys to service. This can involve tuckpointing loose brickwork, rebuilding or resealing when the chimney is cracked or broken.

Chimney Supplies
Products and tools related to cleaning, maintaining, and repairing chimneys and fireplaces.

Chimney Inspections in Marin County
The scope of work performed by a chimney sweep in inspecting or evaluating a fireplace, stove or other venting system.

Marin Area Chimney Cap Repair
Repair of the protective covering for the chimney. The is usually made of stainless steel, galvanized or copper. Chimney caps will have a mesh screening that serves two purpose - spark arrestor and barrier against animals. Chimney caps will also stop rain from entering the flue of the chimney.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified chimney cleaning contractors are backed by theDiamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the chimney creosote removal company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified chimney cleaning contractors are backed by theDiamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the chimney creosote removal company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Ways to End Conflict with Chimney Sweep Companies in Marin County
The majority of chimney sweep companies in Marin County, including the major cities of Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, and Sausalito, are honest and really do look out for their customers' best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your local chimney sweep company or the services that they provide.

If you have a complaint or concern about your chimney sweep service, immediately ask to speak with the service manager. This is often the best way to resolve problems directly with the chimney sweep company management, minimizing conflict and getting your chimney sweep service done correctly and on time.

When speaking with the service manager or company owner, keep this advice in mind:

  • Let the chimney sweep manager know that you're willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.
  • Document in writing your concerns with the chimney sweep company or the service provided or photograph an example of the service issue if you possible that you have documentation of the actual problem. Write down the chimney sweep company's response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration.
  • Remain calm and polite.
  • Explain the problem, and detail what you see as a fair outcome.

If you can't reach an agreement, tell the chimney sweep company you are going to file a complaint and do so.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Chimney Cleaning and Wood Stove Service Terms

Below are the key chimney sweep terms and descriptions that help you navigate your way through your chimney sweep services from beginning to end.

aluminum relining pipe
Aluminum that is used as a relining pipe as it will can be used to reline flues for low-efficiency gas furnaces. This device will not produce enough heat or moisture to create the need for a more durable stainless steel relining pipe....

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Below are the key chimney sweep terms and descriptions that help you navigate your way through your chimney sweep services from beginning to end.

aluminum relining pipe
Aluminum that is used as a relining pipe as it will can be used to reline flues for low-efficiency gas furnaces. This device will not produce enough heat or moisture to create the need for a more durable stainless steel relining pipe.

Also known as: aluminum chimney liner kits, aluminum chimney liners, aluminum chimney, chimney cover, flexi liner, chimney relining kits, chimney plugs, gas chimney liner, aluminum chimney caps, chimney tube

cast aluminum
A light weight and rust proof metal made when molten aluminum is poured into pre-shaped molds or casts.

chimney
A structure that is made of masonry or metal. It surrounds and supports the flues which vent products of combustion from oil, gas, or solid fuel appliances or fireplaces.

Also known as: stainless steel chimney, chimney pots, outdoor chimney

chimney caps
A protective covering for a chimney that is usually made of stainless steel, galvanized or copper. These caps usually have a mesh screening that serves the dual purpose: spark arrestor and barrier against animals. Chimney caps also stop rain from entering the flue.

Also known as: multi-flue chimney caps, single-flue chimney caps, chimney caps, backdraft, chimney caps, zero-clearance, copper chimney caps, chimney flue caps, chimney flue, stainless steel chimney caps, chimney cover, chimney damper, high wind chimney caps, metal chimney caps, round chimney caps, chimney wind caps, clay chimney caps

chimney caps, zero-clearance
Chimney caps that are permitted for use on a zero-clearance fireplaces.

chimney cleaning
The method of eliminating soot, creosote, and debris from a chimney. This needs to be done on a regular basis, so the chimney will operate as efficiently and safely as possible.

Also known as: clean-out doors, chimney cleaning log, chimney cleaning tools, chimney cleaning brushes, chimney cleaning supplies, chimney clean, chimney cleaning products, chimney cleaning rods, cleaning chimney

chimney cleaning log
A log saturated with chemicals. When it is burned in a fireplace it is said to loosen creosote and soot in the flue. It is believed this is not a safe substitute for a chimney professional physically cleaning the flue.

Also known as: chimney sweep log, chimney sweep fire log, chimney sweeping log, chimney cleaning fire logs, fireplace cleaning logs, chimney clean log

chimney cleaning tools
Devices, like chimney brushes, chimney cleaning rods, and chimney scrapers, that are used for the purpose of cleaning chimneys.

Also known as: chimney cleaning supplies, chimney cleaning, chimney cleaning brushes, chimney sweep tools, chimney cleaning kits, chimney cleaning equipment, chimney cleaning tool, chimney cleaning rods

chimney damper caps
A type of chimney dampers that has a cap. It is mounted to the top of the chimney. This device replaces traditional throat dampers and has a cap to protect it from weather.

Also known as: chimney damper, chimney top dampers, chimney flue cap, chimney cover, chimey damper cap, top chimney damper, chimney caps, chimney flue dampers, fireplace chimney damper, custom chimney caps, chimney covers

chimney liner
The inner portion of the chimney that can be made of clay tiles or metal. It contains the products of combustion. For flues to be serviceable, they must stay in tact and free from any perforations, cracks or damage that could permit the products of combustion to pass into the living spaces of the house, or the heat from the products of combustion to endanger combustible materials near the flue (like the framing, walls, ceilings, insulation, or floors).

Also known as: rigid relining pipe, heavy flex, aluminum relining pipe, stainless steel chimney liners

chimney products
Products associated with maintaining, repairing, servicing or cosmetically improving chimneys.

Also known as: chimney supplies, chimney insulation, chimney pipe, chimney repair products, chimney tops, chimney cleaner products, chimney cover, chimney sealing products, chimney covers

chimney relining
Replacing the inner wall of the flue in the chimney. Uusually the damaged liner is removed n the liner may be clay or metal n and new metal liner installed. Most chimneys are relined with stainless steel of an alloy appropriate for the fuel that is being burned.

Also known as: chimney lining, chimney liners, chimney inspection, chimney relining kits, chimney supplies, chimney liner insulation, reline chimney

chimney repair
Restoring broken or damaged chimney. This involves tuckpointing loose brickwork, resealing the crown, or relining the chimney when the chimney liner is cracked or broken.

Also known as: chimney crown repair, chimney cap repair, chimney flashing repair, chimney damper repair, chimney masonry repair, chimney leak repair, chimney flue repair, chimney maintenance

chimney service
A chimney sweep professional that will clean, inspect, repair, evaluate, and maintain chimneys

Also known as: chimney cleaners, chimney inspection, chimney repairs, chimney repairs service, chimney sweep services, chimney cleaning

chimney supplies
Products and tools that are needed to repair, maintain, and service chimneys.

Also known as: fireplace supplies, chimney cleaning supplies, chimney liner, chimney cap, chimney liner, chimney flue, chimney cleaning, chimney flashing, chimney flashing repair, chimney damper, wood stove supplies, chimney pipe, wood stove accessories, chimney cover, chimney flu, chimney dampers, fireplace inserts

chimney sweep
Inner part of the chimney which contains the products of combustion. It is made of clay tiles or metal. For flues to be serviced, they must stay intact and free from perforations or damage of any kind that could permit the products of combustion to pass into the home, or the heat from the products of combustion to jeopardize combustible materials near the flue, like the walls, ceilings, insulation, or floors.

Also known as: chimney sweeping, chimney sweep guild, chimney sweep equipment, chimney sweep supplies, chimney cleaning log, chimney sweeps

chimney sweep equipment
Equipment that is used by chimney professionals to clean, maintain, and repair chimneys and/or fireplaces.

Also known as: chimney sweep tools, chimney sweep services, chimney sweeping equipment, chimney cleaning tools, chimney brushes, chimney sweep brushes, chimney cleaning equipment, chimney cleaning brushes, chimney sweep supplies

chimney sweep supplies
Supplies used by chimney professionals to clean, maintain, and repair chimneys and fireplaces.

Also known as: chimney sweep brush, chimney caps, chimney sweep tools, chimney supplies, chimney cleaning services, chimney sweep logs

chimney sweeping
This refers to the cleaning of chimneys to eliminate soot, creosote, and debris. This is usually done with brushes and scraping tools.

chimney sweeps
Professionals that clean, inspect, repair, and maintain chimneys.

Also known as: chimney sweepers, rooftop chimney sweeps

energy loss
Air that is heated or cooled then lost from a house to the outside environment through walls, seals around the doors and the windows, or up the flue of a chimney.

Also known as: energy loss in homes, energy loss in windows, home energy loss

fireplace smoke chamber
That part of the fireplace positioned above the firebox at the base of the chimney flue. This is where smoke gathers before it is exhausted up and out of the chimney.

Also known as: chimney smoke chamber, smoke chamber repair, smoke chamber illusion, smoke chamber construction, smoke density chamber

fireplaces
A devices for indoor burning that is opened on one or more sides. It is most often made of masonry or metal construction and located in the home. Fireplaces are usually used for burning wood for effect rather than used for a heat source.

Also known as: electrical fireplaces, fireplace designs, fireplace doors, fireplace inserts, gas fireplaces, ventless fireplaces, electric fireplaces, gas fireplaces ventless, amish fireplaces, propane fireplaces, corner fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces, woodburning fireplaces, outside fireplaces, modern gas fireplaces, indoor fireplaces, wall mounted fireplaces, outdoor stone fireplaces, fake fireplaces, outdoor gas fireplaces, propane fireplaces

flue
A device that is used to contain and vent the products of combustion from oil, gas, or solid fuel appliances and fireplaces. A chimney's inner part which contains the products of combustion from gas, oil, or solid fuel appliances. Flues are made of clay tiles or metal.

Also known as: chimney flue caps, flue caps, fireplace flue damper, chimney flue liner, clay flue liners, flue damper, chimney flue damper, wood stove flue, flue cover, flue cap, clay chimney flue, fireplace flue pipe

gas fireplaces
Fireplaces which have been converted from wood to gas or were built for gas. Their main purpose is atmosphere rather than heat.

Also known as: gas fireplaces ventless, vent free gas fireplaces, outdoor gas fireplaces, modern gas fireplaces, corner gas fireplaces, natural gas fireplaces, gas fireplaces vented, free standing gas fireplaces, gas fireplaces inserts, vented gas fireplaces, contemporary gas fireplaces, gas burning fireplaces

gas stove
A heating or a cooking appliance that uses natural gas or liquid propane as fuel.

Also known as: direct vent gas stove, vent free gas stove, outdoor gas stove, portable gas stove, wood gas stove, stainless steel gas stove, cast iron gas stove, single burner gas stove, counter top gas stoves

rigid relining pipe
Non-flexible stainless steel pipe that is used for relining masonry chimneys. This pipe is used mainly in a chimney that does not have offsets.

single-flue chimney cap
A chimney cap that is designed to attach to and cover one clay tile flue.

stainless steel chimney liners
Stainless steel pipe, that can be rigid or flexible, that is made to reline flues of masonry chimneys when the original liner has cracked.

woodstoves
Enclosed appliances, often built of steel or cast-iron, that is used for burning wood for the purpose of heating an indoor space.

Also known as: outdoor woodstoves, wood stoves, soapstone woodstoves, small woodstoves, gas woodstoves, antique woodstoves, modern woodstoves, cast iron woodstoves, electric woodstoves

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Local Chimney Sweep Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified chimney sweep company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified chimney sweep company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a chimney sweep company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only chimney sweep companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified chimney sweep companies.

Q: How often should you clean your fireplace chimney and wood stove chimney?
A: A yearly inspection of your chimney is recommended, and cleaning and repairs of the chimney should be done as necessary. Free standing stoves or fire place inserts that are used to heat the home should be inspected and cleaned every year. Regular fireplaces should be maintained and cleaned on a consistent schedule, too. They should be cleaned after every cord of wood burned or at least every two or three years.

Q: How much time does it take to clean my chimney and is there any mess?
A: It will take an hour to clean most chimneys. That includes the setup of tarps, vacuum, and the tool and taking it all down. Pre-fab fireplaces take about 45 minutes. An insert will take from one to three hours. It depends on how often the insert is cleaned, the type of wood that is burned, and the way the stove is operated.

Q: How can I help prevent a chimney fire in my home?
A: First, make sure your chimney is installed correctly. It shouldn't be too close to the framing or the insulation. Also the pipe should pass through the ceiling correctly. Often check the chimney for any structural damage. You can look for buckling of the inner seem or the inner lining collapsing. Lastly, check twice a month for a build up of creosote and soot. If you begin to see it, hire a chimney sweep to take care of the problem.

Q: Should a chimney be checked if you heat with gas?
A: Definitely! Generally gas is a clean burning fuel, but the chimney can be nonfunctional because of bird nests and other debris. Also modern furnaces can be the reason for lots of problems because the average flue was intended to vent for the older generation of furnaces.

Q. My fireplace stinks, especially in the summer. What can I do?
A: The odor is due to creosote deposits in the chimney, a byproduct of burning wood. The smell is usually worse in the summer if the humidity is high and the air conditioner is on. A good cleaning will help but will not resolve the problem entirely. You can try commercial chimney deodorants that work pretty well or baking soda or even kitty litter set in the fireplace. The problem is that the air is being drawn down the chimney, a symptom of overall pressure problems in the house. Some make-up air should be introduced elsewhere in the house. A top mounted damper will help reduce this air flow coming from the chimney.

Q: How do I minimize a buildup of creosote in my home chimney?
A: You can minimize creosote by burning only seasoned wood. Also don't burn trash in the fireplace. Thirdly, do not let the fire smolder. Call a chimney professional to clean out your chimney on a regular basis.

Q: What do I do if I have a chimney fire?
A: First, get everyone out of your home. Then call the fire department. Do not close the damper. If you have a fireplace, close the doors and vents. If you have a wood stove, then close the doors and the inlets. If you spray water on a hot chimney, you will probably damage it. Lastly, call your chimney sweep company before you use your fireplace or chimney again. Even small fires can damage your chimney and it may not be safe to use.

Q: Why do I need a cap on my chimney?
A: Chimney caps keep out rain. Rain causes problems, including bad chimney smells, and it also begins the rusting of metal parts. Chimney caps will keep out birds, squirrels, and other animals that might find a comfortable spot in your chimney. Caps also prevent backpuffing, or smoke coming back into your house. A good chimney cap will keep out leaves, which can choke the flue. This also could set off a chimney fire if the flue is dirty.

Q: How do I keep birds out of my chimney?
A: The simple answer is to have your chimney contractor install a stainless steel chimney cap. This stops many things: birds, squirrels, other animals, rain, and leaves.

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Consumer Agencies
Consumer Agencies and Professional Organizations for Chimney Cleaning Companies

Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) (www.csia.org/)
National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)(www.ncsg.org/)
Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild (GSCG) (http://cachimneysweepsguild.org/)
Certified Chimney Professional (http://www.certifiedchimneyprofessionals.com/)

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Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) (www.csia.org/)
National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)(www.ncsg.org/)
Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild (GSCG) (http://cachimneysweepsguild.org/)
Certified Chimney Professional (http://www.certifiedchimneyprofessionals.com/)

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Industry Information
Marin County Chimney Sweep Information
Popular Types of ChimneysTypes of Chimney Sweep Services Available in Marin County Cities Served Zip Codes Served
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Bel Marin Keys
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Black Point
Bolinas
Corte Madera
Dillon Beach
Dogtown
Fairfax
Forest Knolls
Greenbrae
Ignacio
Inverness
Kent Woodlands
Kentfield
Lagunitas
Larkspur
Lucas Valley
Marin City
Marinwood
Marshall
Mill Valley
Mission Rafael
Muir Beach
Muir Woods
Nicasio
Novato
Olema
Point Reyes Station
Ross
San Anselmo
San Geronimo
San Marin
San Quentin
San Rafael
Santa Venetia
Sausalito
Sleepy Hollow
Stinson Beach
Strawberry Point
Tamal
Tamalpais Valley
Terra Linda
Tiburon
Tomales
Woodacre
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