A chimney sweep costs $150 to $375 on average for a cleaning service with a level 1 inspection. Cleaning service for a gas fireplace is the cheapest at $80 to $150. Prices vary according to the type of fuel source and which kind of chimney, fireplace, or stove you have.
A frequently cleaned chimney costs $100 to $250 for the standard inspection and vacuuming service. Wood-burning fireplaces in a poorly maintained masonry chimney will cost extra for more labor and a deeper inspection with a video camera if there are damages.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends cleaning a chimney at least once per year, or more if you burn over 36 fires in a year. Cleaning a chimney regularly prevents creosote buildup or fallen debris from catching on fire.
Yes, gas fireplaces need to be cleaned to prevent damage or carbon monoxide poisoning. A gas fireplace cleaning costs about $75 and includes cleaning the glass and removing any debris from the vent.
Chimney cleaning logs cannot replace professional cleaning and sometimes cause fires instead of preventing them. Chimney sweep logs can cause loosened creosote to catch fire as it falls, which can cause sparks to fly and potentially cause a fire in the home. Creosote logs may help loosen Stage 1 creosote buildup but cannot help Stage 2 or 3 buildup.
Your chimney may need to be cleaned if:
You typically don't tip a chimney sweep because, like other contractors, they are paid an hourly wage and don't expect a tip. However, you can tip if you feel they went above and beyond or worked in especially difficult conditions.
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