Chimney Sweeps And Inspections

With over 30 years of chimney sweeping experience, Sootmaster of Callaway is dedicated to giving you the best experience when dealing with your chimney and fireplace system.

What we do

Chimney Sweeps, Repairs, Inspections, Installations

What To Expect

Here at Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Callaway, Florida, your satisfaction is our priority. We have spent the last 30 years perfecting our craft and earning a great reputation with those we have had the pleasure of meeting. At Sootmaster, we hold our technicians to the highest standard of training and certification, and we use the best equipment. It is for these reasons we offer 10-year warranties on most of our services. To find out which services or to schedule a warranty appointment, call us at (850) 712-3470.


Why Choose Us

As we have mentioned before, you are the number one priority here at Sootmaster of Callaway. We value your experience with us more than anything, which is why we have the most respectful and knowledgeable team. Because we do not want to be the cause of any problems for you, we do our best to give you fair pricing for the quality we provide. We promise to provide the best quality service and customer interaction because we have the best people for it. Give us a call at (850) 712-3470 and we would love to speak to you more and see what we can do for you!

Sweeps & Inspections

Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Callaway Florida offers professional chimney sweeping services as well as quality inspections. Learn more about our sweeps and inspections, and trust in the Sootmaster.

Waterproofing & Repairs

Sootmaster of Callaway offers excellent waterproofing services and general masonry and prefab repairs. Call Sootmaster to schedule an appointment with our professionally trained technicians.

Custom Installations

Do you have a fireplace? Do you want one? Sootmaster also offers professional chimney and fireplace installation. Whether it be a masonry system (brick), or prefabricated (metal), Sootmaster has you covered.

Why Install a Chimney Cap Even if You Don’t Use Your Fireplace

Even if you only use your fireplace as part of your decor, the chimney still needs a cap. Many homeowners assume that they don’t need to worry about their chimney if they never light up a fire in their hearth. This isn’t true. Leaving your chimney without a cap puts your home at risk of unpleasant pests, expensive damage and toxic mold. There are 4 reasons why every chimney needs a cap: 1. Keep Pests Out of the Chimney Many animals—from squirrels and raccoons to birds and bats—love to nest in chimneys since they look like safe, dark spaces. No matter how much you like woodland creatures, it is not a good idea to let them live in your chimney. They can bring diseases and other pests or cause damage. Bats and squirrels are well known for getting into homes through the chimney. One squirrel can cause thousands of dollars in damage by chewing on walls, furniture and linens. Many critters get trapped and die in chimneys. A rotting animal carcass can attract insects and rodents. It can...

11 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

The warm, romantic crackle of a fireplace is a part of the cooler months many people look forward to. The fireplace brings holiday comfort for many people, but it can also be dangerous if not used properly. Although it may be tempting to simply discard trash into the fire and watch it burn away, you should never burn anything other than properly seasoned wood in the fireplace. Small pieces of trash that burn easily may seem harmless, but come with hidden consequences. Here are 11 things that should never be burned in your fireplace. Treated Wood If you have some wood lying around from your latest home improvement project, don’t throw it in the fireplace. Painted or treated wood is full of synthetic chemicals that can have harmful effects when burned. Not only will treated wood release toxic substances into the air, it can also do a lot of damage to your fireplace. The only wood you should burn is properly seasoned, dry firewood.  Wet Wood According to the Environmental...

The Looming 2023 Hurricane Season

The southeastern United States and the Gulf Coast have long been vulnerable to the destructive forces of hurricanes. These natural disasters can wreak havoc on communities, causing significant damage to infrastructure, homes, and the lives of residents. In this article, we will explore the dangers hurricanes pose to chimneys and fireplaces, briefly touch on the risks of flooding, delve into the historical impact on cities like New Orleans, Mobile, Tampa, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Savannah, Macon, Tallahassee, and others, and examine the potential severity of the 2023 hurricane season, which has just begun on June 1, 2023. The Hazards of Hurricanes on Chimneys and Fireplaces When hurricanes strike, their powerful winds can create a variety of dangers for chimneys and fireplaces. The high winds can loosen or dislodge bricks, causing structural damage to chimneys. Debris carried by strong winds can also collide with chimneys, leading to cracks, fractures, or complete collapse. Chimney...

What is safe to burn?

Chimneys are intended to consume wood however it tragically turns into a rubbish removal choice for some mortgage holders. Resist the impulse to burn anything in your fireplace that is not firewood — especially trash. The following are things that should never be burned in your fireplace, and some could be a surprise to you. Charcoal Products – Don’t utilize your chimney for consuming charcoal or coal. Utilize those items in your open-air grill flame. These fuels consume far hotter than kindling, and the sheltered temperature levels in your chimney and firebox can be surpassed. These materials additionally produce much more destructive carbon monoxide than wood produces. Carbon monoxide is scentless, colorless, and tasteless. It is critical to have carbon monoxide indicators in your home, if you have a chimney, so you and your family can get required admonition in the occasion an excessive amount of carbon monoxide is delivered. Painted or Treated Wood –...

Chimney Terms You Should Know

When conversing with an expert in any field can be scary particularly if you do not comprehend the phrasing being utilized. Your chimney and fireplace framework comprises of various segments that cooperate to give you warm and comfortable fires. There are a wide range of words or terms that chimney sweeps frequently use and When something goes wrong with your chimney, it is especially useful to know the names of those components. There are a couple of key terms that may be talked about. Look at the most significant chimney/fireplace terms beneath! Ash – The white/grey powdery buildup left when flammable material is completely scorched or is oxidized by compound methods. Ash Dump – An opening at the base of the chimney through which ashes may be dumped. Ash Pit – Storage for ashes, situated in the fireplace base B Vent – factory-built, double wall metal pipe for venting gas apparatuses with draft hoods and different appliances listed for use with Type B Gas...

Wood-Burning Tips

Did you know there are over 1,000 species of trees in North America? Each tree produces a different type of wood, with various colors and sizes. The type of wood you burn in your fireplace will affect how hot the fire is, how long it will last, and how much residue will remain.  Whether you are buying wood from your local grocer or getting it from your backyard, it is important to know which type of wood you are going to burn. Some wood is better for your needs, while others may burn too hot. Wood can also be toxic, creating poisonous fumes that can harm your lungs. This is why we are here to offer the best wood-burning tips and advice to keep you safe and warm. Greenwood & Seasoned Wood Wood needs to be properly dried before it can be burnt, this is called “seasoned wood.” Wood that does not have a moisture content below 20 percent is called Greenwood. Greenwood is not good for burning because it produces a lot of smoke and soot. Once the wood has been seasoned, it can be split...

What Can The Chimney Sweeper Do For You?

The chimney sweeper also known as the chimney sweep can do a lot for you. They can sweep your fireplace, chimney and flue clean of dangerous soot, creosote and glaze, thereby minimizing the possibility of a house fire as well as seepage of noxious fumes into your home. In any case, an annual chimney inspection and chimney sweep are mandatory and most people don’t possess the resources to be able to do that themselves. That is why you need the services of the chimney sweeper. They are highly trained in the business of chimney sweeping and possess the right credentials, in terms of their certifications, experience and testimonials. Besides, they carry all the necessary modern tools to help them carry out a thorough job. The chimney sweeper will not just do a thorough job of cleaning your fireplace chimney and the flue but will do it in such a professional manner that there will be no mess created during the cleaning. Besides, highly professional chimney sweeps like SootMaster will be...

Don’t Let Santa Slide Down a Dirty Chimney – Schedule Your Chimney Sweep Today!

You might not give your chimney’s cleanliness a second thought through the holidays—that is, unless you have to be in it! If you wouldn’t slide down a dirty chimney, don’t expect Santa to! Schedule your chimney cleaning now and have a squeaky clean chimney for the holidays. Why a Clean Chimney is Important A dirty chimney can bring a host of problems to the homeowner that may not be expected, and definitely unwanted! These problems can range from big to small and can cause substantial damage or minor unpleasantness. When you love your fireplace, have put together your dream home, and have transformed it into a Christmas wonderland for the holidays, you want to have the perfect holiday experience. Don’t leave it to chance. Have your chimney swept regularly. How Often Should You Schedule a Sweep? It is recommended you schedule regular chimney maintenance such as chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections. This important preventative maintenance ensures your chimney is at its safest...

How to Find a Chimney Cleaning Service Provider That is Reputable

Having a fireplace and chimney is more than just aesthetics. It comes with some level of responsibility. Unfortunately, a number of homeowners with these structures often do not take such responsibilities seriously until it is often too late or when it is absolutely necessary. It is very important to ensure frequent inspection and maintenance of your fireplace and chimney not only as a safety measure but also because this can spare you future frustrations and expenses of an overhaul or expensive fixes due to extensive damages. Many homeowners looking for chimney cleaning services often face the challenge of identifying a reputable chimney service provider that is professional. Settling on the best chimney sweep is very crucial in your quest for chimney care. Many sweeping companies have sprouted because it does not take much to start one so you must be very careful whom you settle for. Here are a few tips to guide your choice of chimney cleaning service provider. Personable and Easy...

How to Clean Out a Chimney Properly

A proper chimney cleanout is not only great for safety but also mandatory. This is because a clogged chimney not only leads to inefficient burning of wood but can also be a fire and pollution hazard. Every year, damages worth hundreds of millions of dollars are reported on account of house fires caused by clogged chimneys. To achieve a successful chimney cleanout that minimizes any risks, it may be a good idea to get in touch with a professional chimney cleanout company like SootMaster. Professional chimney cleanout companies will know exactly what needs to be done and will do a thorough job. This will free you of the bother of having to roll up your own sleeves and get down to the job of doing a chimney cleanout yourself. It’s very important that you need to know how to do a proper job if you are going to do this yourself, due to the risks at hand. The tools you will need to have to do a proper chimney cleanout are things like using the right cleaning agents and brushes. The actual...

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I'm renting an apartment with a fireplace, is it my or my landlords’ responsibility to get my Fireplace cleaned?
This care responsibility should be listed in your lease. If you are not sure, call your landlord, let them know of your concern. A fireplace should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year if used regularly.
How much does a chimney sweep cost?

The smell is because of creosote deposits within the chimney, a natural byproduct of woodburning. The odor is sometimes worse during the summer when the humidity is high the air conditioning is turned on. A typical sweeping will help but usually won’t solve the smell completely. There are commercial chimney deodorants that work well, and plenty of people have good results with kitty litter or maybe baking soda set inside the fireplace. The real problem is that the air being drawn down the chimney, an indication of overall pressure problems within the house. Some make-up air should be introduced someplace else in the house. A good sealing and a top-mounted damper will reduce this air flow coming down the chimney.

What should I do about smoke coming out my fireplace?
Having smoke in your home is serious for your health and you belongings. Modern airtight homes can keep the fire from drawing enough air so It’ll draw air down the chimney and into your home. We can help troubleshoot these problems with you.
Can I clean my fireplace and chimney myself?
Trying to clean your chimney and fireplace yourself can be a very dirty, dangerous and time-consuming task. The tools our technicians use, cannot be bought at your local hardware store. A professional Chimney sweep can find damage that can cause even more problems later. A cleaning and inspection can usually be completed in under an hour, verses trying to tackle the job yourself, could take an entire weekend. Call us today, and schedule with pro.

Nice people with great company. Answered the first ring in the office, came out that weekend, and fixed my leak the same day as inspection/cleaning. overall an A+ experience.

– Phil Gillis

We are experienced

We Have Over 30 Years of Experience in The Industry

With an ever-growing team, the experience of the Sootmaster company grows as well. For Over 30 years, Sootmaster has focused on perfecting their work on chimney and fireplace systems. We have many professionally trained technicians who are prepared and eager to assist you with any problem your chimney and fireplace might present, from standard sweeps to ground-up installations, Sootmaster’s expert technicians can get the job done.

Check Your Calendar

The National Fire Protection Association recommends having your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year. If you’ve gone a year or more without having your chimney checked out, it’s best to go ahead and make an appointment with your local chimney sweep. Experienced chimney technicians like the ones at Sootmaster will make sure your chimney is clean and working properly.

Fireplace Odors

Do you have unpleasant smells coming from your fireplace? It’s most likely due to a buildup of soot and creosote, which are byproducts of burning wood. Creosote can stick to the walls of your chimney and is the leading cause of chimney fires.

Black Spots on Fireplace Walls

Have you noticed a black, oily substance on the walls of your fireplace? This is a buildup of creosote and can be removed by a chimney technician. It is important to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires. 

Weak Fires

If it’s difficult to start a fire in your fireplace, your chimney could be clogged. Poorly burning fires can also be a result of a malfunctioning damper. Both issues restrict the amount of oxygen that reaches your fire, stopping it from burning properly. These problems can be fixed by a knowledgeable chimney technician.

Animals In Your Chimney

Animals and animal nests can restrict the flow of air in your chimney or even catch fire. If you hear noises coming from your chimney or notice nests on top of it, call your local chimney sweep to have the animals safely removed. 

5 Signs You Need Your Chimney Cleaned

Being a homeowner comes with a long to-do list. From home improvement projects to daily upkeep, there’s probably a lot on your mind when it comes to your home. However, the last thing that may come to mind is one of the most important: your chimney. Just like the rest of your home, your chimney and fireplace need regular cleaning and maintenance to work properly. Keeping your chimney clean is also the best way to prevent chimney fires. Look out for these five signs it’s time to have your chimney professionally cleaned.

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