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Chimney Cleaning & Sweeping

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets the safety standard for chimneys in its 211 code, and part of that code outlines the necessity for a professional chimney cleaning once a year.

There are a variety of reasons why an annual chimney sweeping is important. For your chimney to function properly and continue venting toxic gases and harmful debris away from your living area, the flue needs to be free of blockages. With time and use, your flue can develop a significant build-up of creosote, a sometimes sticky, sometimes puffy or flaky, but always very flammable deposit. As heated air and byproducts rise in your chimney and meet with the comparably cooler walls, condensation occurs and leads to creosote. Proper chimney sweeping will safely and effectively remove those deposits.


Beyond creosote buildup, the possibility that birds and other animals have brought debris into your chimney system is another concern (less so if you have a properly sized and installed chimney cap). Having your chimney annually swept helps ensure that all unwanted materials are safely out of your chimney.

Advanced Chimney Techniques has been cleaning and sweeping chimneys in Columbia, Jefferson City and the mid-Missouri area for more than 25 years — you can count on us to leave you with a clean chimney, and a clean home.

Chimney Cleaning/Sweeping Explained

For a task with such a simple name, proper chimney sweeping is actually a detailed, multi-point process that takes significant training and special tools to do correctly.

You can expect your CSIA-certified Advanced Chimney Techniques technician to thoroughly clean your entire chimney system, from the grate and firebox (where you actually light your fire) up through the smoke chamber and flue liner, top to bottom. The technician will also check the interior and exterior of your chimney to make sure potential issues or fire hazards aren’t present.

The whole process generally takes about an hour and a half, and you won’t need to do much to prepare, other than these simple suggestions:

  • Hold off on having a fire for at least 24 hours before your cleaning and sweeping appointment
  • Confine your pets to spaces away from the chimney/appliance area
  • Move furniture or other breakable items that are within a few feet of the work area out of the way, both to protect those items and make it easier for your technicians to do their job

The easiest way to familiarize yourself with the chimney cleaning and the sweeping process is to take a look at this video, prepared by the Chimney Safety Institute of America:

Rest Easy: We’ll Leave You With A Clean Chimney And A Clean Home

While we’re dealing with stubborn soot and ash, be assured that Advanced Chimney Techniques’ CSIA-certified technicians are trained to take the utmost care of your home. Expect to see drop cloths and runners and other measures used to protect your home. Your home and your happiness are important to us!

If you’d like to schedule a chimney sweeping appointment with Advanced Chimney Techniques, give us a call at 660-849-2525, or use the convenient online appointment form!


Having your chimney inspected by trained professionals is the best way to determine if your chimney needs any kind of additional work. It’s one of our standard chimney services and we do it well.

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