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Fall Chimney Services

for the Greater Knoxville Area Homeowners

Fall is here and that means it’s time to schedule chimney maintenance. But what does chimney maintenance really include? Is it something you really have to do EVERY SINGLE YEAR? 

There are two main components of annual chimney maintenance: 

  1. Chimney Inspection
  2. Chimney Sweep

Learn more about both and why you should schedule them every year. 

Fires are Preventable

In 1998, there were 18,300 residential fires in the United States originating in chimneys, fireplaces and solid fuel appliances, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. These fires resulted in 160 personal injuries, 40 deaths and $158.2 million in property damage.

Virtually all of these fires were preventable.

Many American homeowners think their chimneys only need to be cleaned and inspected if they burn wood in their fireplaces or wood stoves. But almost all heating appliances, whether they burn gas, oil, wood or coal, rely on the chimney to safely carry toxic gases produced by the heating system of the house.

When You Should Book

An annual chimney inspection by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® is a modest investment that can reduce the danger of chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. It should be scheduled every year or whenever your fireplace has experienced a change.

In fact, when chimney fires occur, many insurance investigators rely on CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps to determine whether a fire originated in – or damaged – the chimney system. So a proper inspection now is the best way to protect your family in the future too!

Which Level Inspection Do You Need to Book? 

There are three levels of chimney inspections. 

1. Level 1 Inspection – starts @ $179

  • Recommended if you have not changed – and do not plan to change your heating appliance or system.
  • Considered appropriate during annual service visit

2. Level 2 Inspection – starts @ $209

  • Required when any change is made to your system – for example, before the flue is relined, or when you replace an appliance with another of a dissimilar type or efficiency level.
  • Required upon the sale or transfer of property.

3. Level 3 Inspection – quote only – read below

  • Conducted only after a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection indicates a hazard in concealed portions of the chimney and flue.

A Sweep Must Be Done Every Year

You should schedule a chimney sweep every year before you use your fireplace. The sweep eliminates any creosote, which is a highly flammable material, that builds up during the burn season and ensures that no animals or debris will potential cause smoke to back up into your home. 

All of our Chimney Sweeps:

  • Are CSIA-Certified
  • Go through an extensive background check
  • Participate in mandatory industry training to stay on top of the latest technical advances to maintain our reputation as a premium chimney sweep company.

Our Process

8 Steps to Sweep & Clean Your Chimney and Fireplace

Performing chimney sweeping services

  1. We lay tarps out in front of the fireplace to insure that your carpet doesn’t get dirty and then set up a high-speed dust collector to make sure that no soot gets into your home.
  2. We sweep the inside of your fireplace starting at the firebox floor and continue to sweep the chimney to the top of the flue.
  3. We then clean, inspect and adjust the damper and damper assembly.
  4. We use brushes on rods to sweep the flue, hand brushes for the firebox and smoke chamber, and a vacuum with a triple layer HEPA filter to control dust.
  5. After doing all this, we do a visual inspection of the outside of the chimney, checking the mortar work, brickwork and crown.  Any damage or needed repair we find is documented on video or with digital photos that can be sent to you.
  6. When we are through, we will leave with you a copy of the written chimney system evaluation.
  7. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee (homeowner must be present at time of service).
  8. We recommended this service to be done annually.

Let us quote the chimney sweep cost and get this chore off of your list…

Ready to Schedule?


Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.

Are you representing the home? We get a lot of real-estate managers, property managers and personal assistants that call for homeowners. Knowing who owns the home helps us to accurately save files and information relating to your services.

Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file and it speeds up the scheduling process.

Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.

What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced? (wood-burning fireplace, wood-burning stove, gas logs, etc)

How many stories is your home? What is the exterior of your chimney made out of? What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc)

*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.


We do not share the pricing of our services on our site. Because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc we can only give you an accurate price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about cost, please call our office and our team is happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and you can find confidence in our work through our happy customers.