How to Prepare for a Chimney Sweep Visit

Chimney Sweep & Inspection in Concord NH A CSIA-certified chimney sweep is your best friend when it comes to keeping your chimney safe and ensuring that it operates the way it’s supposed to. Next time you have a chimney cleaning visit scheduled, here are a few things you can do ahead of time to make the job as simple, mess-free and productive as possible.

What to do with your pets

You may have a dog who loves company. Or you may have one who believes it’s his job to protect you from all intruders. In either case, dogs (and other free-roaming pets) should be kept out of the way when your chimney sweep is working on your chimney. Enclose pets in another room or in the yard to prevent any possible trouble.

Avoid using your fireplace that day

Ensure that your firebox is cool and safe by not burning a fire before your chimney sweep arrives. The walls inside your fireplace can soak up heat and stay hot long after a fire is put out, so it’s a good idea to avoid using the fireplace on the day of your chimney cleaning appointment. Also, remove leftover ashes, logs, wood chips and the grate from your firebox and the screen from in front of it to give the technician easier access.

Open a path from the driveway to the fireplace

Your chimney sweep will bring various equipment into your home, so make sure there’s a clear path from the driveway, where he or she will park the truck, to the front door and through the home to the fireplace. A little rearranging of furniture, toys and odds and ends will make for a safe and easy trip to the area where the work will be done.

Protect furnishings and other nearby items

Chimney Sweep In Amherst, NHProfessional chimney sweeps take precautions to keep soot and ash from blowing around in your room during a chimney cleaning visit. But there’s nothing wrong with you taking a few precautions of your own, especially if you have items of particular value near the fireplace. Use drop cloths or sheets to cover furniture, lighting, rugs, drapes, curtains, wall treatments and other items in the vicinity of the work area.

Talk with your kids

If younger children will be in the home while your chimney is being cleaned, remind them to stay out of the way and let the technician get the job done. While a chimney sweep’s equipment isn’t necessarily dangerous, it’s always safest to keep children a good distance away from the work area.

Write down your questions

If you have questions about how your fireplace or chimney operates or have noticed something that you don’t think should be happening within the system, make a note so you can ask your chimney sweep. Certified chimney service techs have a wealth of knowledge about chimneys and fireplaces and are happy to share it with you. A chimney sweep visit is also a good time to learn more about other services the sweep provides.

Black Moose Chimney & Stove serves Antrim, NH, and other communities in southern New Hampshire with the best in chimney cleaning, chimney repair/rebuilding, chimney inspection and more. When you need it done right by certified professionals, we’re the first number to call. Reach us any time at (603) 525-7905.

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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)