Callaway
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.

Should I Seal My Brick Chimney?

The southern United States receives a lot of rain. From afternoon thunderstorms to hurricanes, Southerners are very used to wet weather. However, many people don’t think about the effects that rain can have on their chimneys. Unfortunately, water damage can wreak havoc on masonry, or brick, chimneys. Two ways to prevent water from damaging your chimney are a sealant and a chimney cap. Sealant for Masonry Many chimneys are made of brick. Brick chimneys are constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials. These chimneys are made from mortar, brick, concrete, stone, flue tile, steel, and cast iron. All masonry chimneys contain some combination of these materials. Unfortunately, some of these materials can be damaged from exposure to water. All the materials, except the stone, deteriorate faster as a result of prolonged contact with water. Typically, masonry is quickly damaged when repeatedly exposed to freeze-thaw stages. This is when water that has seeped into the...

Benefits of Regular Chimney Sweeps

Winter is approaching faster than some people would like while others are ready for bonfires and snuggling up with family around the fireplace. Many memories to come around the warmth and enjoying family time. With the festivities coming around the corner, it is important to schedule a routine chimney sweep prior to the first fire. Chimneys need routine maintaining as our vehicles do. Importance of Chimney Sweeps In the colder months, fireplaces provide comfort, warmth, and enjoyment. To keep them burning at their best efficiency, it is recommended to have a regular maintenance schedule. Maintaining the proper chimney care and preventative maintenance will ensure you’re chimney to be a source of warmth for years. One of the best preventive maintenance procedures you can do for your chimney is to have a professional clean it. It does not matter if it is used often or sparingly, an annual chimney cleaning will keep it in tip-top condition for the years to come. Expectations of...

Benefits of A Lock-Top Damper

What is a damper? A fireplace damper is normally located at least 8 inches above the firebox opening. The damper acts as a door separating the chimney and the inside of your home, allowing the smoke to exit when open. When the damper is closed, it prevents downdrafts from entering your home. Are you aware of what kind of damper you have on your chimney? If not, it is worth it to find out because your leaky throat damper could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year in energy loss. Read more below to find out why and what you can do to prevent this. Problems with Traditional Throat Dampers Traditional dampers were designed for times when energy was not nearly as expensive as today. These throat dampers cause several problems because they are made completely out of metal. Throat dampers are sealed by metal to metal closure, which allows hot and cold air to leak through. Due to this inefficient seal, your air conditioner may need to work harder and longer to get to the temperature you...

Types of Sealants For Your Chimney

From the street, your home is not the only thing that is noticed. People can notice your car, yard, and even your chimney. It may seem ridiculous but it has an impact on the home. Your chimney is subjected to continuously changing climates throughout the year. The blazing hot sun, rising stickiness, driving precipitation, a profound freeze from the outside components negatively affect the brickwork. Keep in mind that bricks are normally strong structure material, but they do take on a lot of wear and tear. The best way to prevent damage from dampness and water is to block with a sealant around the chimney cap. The chimney cap is located at the top of the chimney. It is best to seal this area along with the area where the chimney connects to the home. Do you wonder what is the best sealant for your chimney cap? Sealants are designed to impede liquids from entering the material it is on. There are two different types used – silicone or polyurethane. Not all sealants are made...

New Year, New Inspections

New Year’s resolutions are always different for everyone but for repairs, they stay the same. As the year is coming to an end, it is time to think about what needs to be inspected and improved on going forward in the new year. One important resolution to keep is to have an annual routine of professional sweeps of your chimney. Throughout the year, mainly the winter months, your chimney collects build-up of creosote. This build-up can lead to chimney fires. Choosing to have your chimney cleaned by a professional can make it serve you efficiently throughout the year to come. Starting the year off with a clean and safe chimney will give you peace of mind until prior to the first fire to ensure there are no issues. Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and others recommend annual chimney and fireplace cleanings and inspections. Not only does having a clean and well-maintained fireplace help keep your family and home...

Summer cleaning

Despite the fact that the glow and dampness of summer are still upon us, right now is an ideal opportunity to begin contemplating the protected activity of chimney for the up and coming fall and winter season. The threat of a filthy stack is not to be downplayed and is unquestionably suggested that you make arrangements before the chilly climate shows up. A substance called creosote will develop and cake the sides of your fireplace. The risk of creosote is that it is basically unburned wood and can be profoundly combustible increasing your chances of a chimney fire. Whenever left to develop in the stack the creosote can make a perilous circumstance within your fireplace. As a result of this unmistakable danger, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests a yearly fireplace cleaning and review. Cleaning and clearing the smokestack is only the start. There are numerous things that should be investigated to ensure your stack is utilitarian and safe. Some things that could...

Making Your Very Own Chimney Soot Cleaner

A buildup of soot inside your fireplace chimney is something that needs your attention to avoid a host of problems. These include inefficient heating, polluting fumes wafting into your home, and the risk of a house fire. Therefore, it makes eminent sense for you to remove the soot in a timely and regular fashion. The best way to do that would be to requisition the services of a professional chimney soot cleaner like Sootmaster. They possess the technical skills and experience to carry out a thorough cleaning job. However, you can carry out the cleaning yourself if you wish, but you have to ensure that you do a good job of it, or you may end up with a less than satisfactory job. Creating Your Own Chimney Soot Cleaner It is not impossible to remove soot deposits from your chimney yourself, but you have to be able to do it the right way. Here’s how you can create your own chimney soot cleaner. In fact, there are several ways you can do that. A couple of examples are given below....

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...

The Best Way to For a Complete Chimney Clean Out

Your chimney is best enjoyed when looked after and well maintained. Doing a thorough chimney cleanout entails a bit more than just sweeping up the ash. You need the right tools, do the necessary preparations beforehand and ultimately know what you’re doing. Sootmaster is a professional chimney sweep company and will ensure that your chimney is clean and safe to use, however, if you are planning on doing this yourself then make sure to get all your ducks in a row. What Makes a Chimney Clean Out Mandatory? Cleaning your chimney is very important, but you don’t want to put in all that effort if it isn’t really necessary. So first let’s make sure your chimney needs cleaning. The easiest way to do this is to check for a build-up of creosote. This substance can be very dangerous, so it is best to clean away any creosote from your chimney. This substance is highly flammable, so any creosote thicker than ⅛ of an inch should be cleaned immediately to ensure the safe operation of the...

Where Is That Odor Coming From?

Imagine you and your family are sitting in the living room watching movies on the television above the fireplace and mantel. Next thing you know, there is a strange smell appears in the air. Little does anyone know that it is coming from the fireplace? Odds are that your home has Stinky Fireplace Syndrome. This scent normally is worse in the late spring when the moisture/humidity is high and the climate control system is turned on. This smell can linger in a home. It may appear that all hope is lost, well there is a solution. Before we dive into that, let’s discuss some causes of the chimney odor. Odor Causes There is an abundant assortment of things that cause chimney odors. The most recognized reasons for the smokestack smells are: Negative Air Pressure: air that moves through your chimney; this brings in fireplace smells and chimney odors Excess Creosote & Soot: this odor is often described as a heavy smoky smell Moisture: unless the fireplace is totally closed and...

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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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