Why Homeowners Should Always Call Professionals for Fireplace and Chimney Problems

Professional Chimney Sweep In Amherst, NHWith access to so much information on the Internet, many homeowners are doing more DIY projects at home to save money. And the do-it-yourself market is enormous, with more than $400B in retail sales in 2018, according to the HIRI/IHI Markit Forecast. But some projects, like chimney cleaning and repair, are far too dangerous for a casual DIYer and could do more harm and be more costly. Here are four reasons why homeowners should always consult with an experienced professional for fireplace and chimney problems.


A Certified Chimney Sweep® has the training and knowledge of the entire chimney system. They undergo a rigorous training program and must satisfactorily pass an exam through a national credentialing organization like the Chimney Safety Institute of America or the National Chimney Sweep Guild, for example. The chimney professional must also take and pass recurrent training exams to maintain their credentials.


In addition to their expertise, a professional chimney technician has a complete set of professional tools, equipment, and supplies that allow them to diagnose accurately and correct problems with the chimney or fireplace. Even though a homeowner can buy many of these products in their local hardware or hearth store, they lack the expertise of knowing which products they should use or avoid for properly cleaning or repairing their fireplace and chimney.


Safety is the number one priority of all chimney professionals. It not just safety on the job but performing cleaning, inspections, and repairs that will reduce fire hazards and prolong the life of the chimney and fireplace. Chimney cleaning is a dangerous and dirty job that should only be performed by a qualified professional. It requires working in an environment with limited space that may be filled with harmful contaminants. Cleaning and inspecting the chimney also requires the technician to climb on the roof to inspect and repair the flashing and chimney crown and clear any flue obstructions. Falling off the ladder is the most common cause of severe accidental injury and death among DIYers.

professional Chimney Repair in Concord NHPrevent Accidental Damage

A masonry chimney is comprised of several components, all of which must be in good working condition to keep your home and family safe while using your fireplace or other heating appliance. For instance, a DIYer may accidentally damage the brickwork or other components like the smoke shelf, or firebox while trying to replace the damper. The firebox is particularly susceptible to accidental damage. These components play an essential role in heating and venting the fireplace. Causing even a small amount of chimney damage can result in expensive repairs that far exceed the cost of professional help.


A professional chimney sweep inspects, cleans, and repairs chimneys every working day. It’s their primary job function. As a result, chimney professionals can perform these duties more efficiently than casual laypersons.


Instead of spending an entire Sunday afternoon trying to clean your chimney and spreading soot around the living room, hire a Certified Chimney Sweep to do it for you. They will have the entire job done in about an hour. No mess. No Fuss.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)