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.

Precaution to New/Current Homeowners

How Chimney Sweepers Are Life Savers Nine times out of ten, new and current homeowners do not think about the condition of their chimney or when it was last professionally cleaned. Taking the time to schedule a cleaning will lower the health risks and dangers of unknown debris in the flue, or the main part of the chimney that allows there to be a draft to pull out the smoke and gas from products. Some health risks include the spreading of fire and exposure to noxious gas poisoning. Leave it to the professionals when it comes to maintaining your chimney. Reasons to Schedule Routine Cleanings Many think that spring cleaning means cleaning the whole house, but more times than not that the maintenance of the chimney is overlooked for months on end. It is best to schedule annually a professional cleaning. Not like any other job, chimney sweeping is messy and dangerous especially with the need to climb onto a roof. The best time to do a chimney sweep is in the fall. This time of year...

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...

How to Locate a Local Chimney Cleaner

Chimneys have become an essential part of the house. It has become important to sweep them to increase efficiency and to extend the life of the chimney. So there is a need to find a special local chimney cleaner for the sweep of your chimney. There are many chimney cleaners who offer chimney cleaning services in the area but how do you choose the best one? Instructions to Find the Best local Chimney Cleaner There are many websites that have been created to make finding a local chimney cleaner much easier. These websites include a comprehensive list of local chimney cleaners who have completed training, have the latest equipment, and carry reviews of their work. They also provide a search bar to find a local chimney cleaner in your area. You can filter the chimney cleaners according to that selections; zip code and distance in the mile. In addition, some websites provide a filter process according to the work they do or the type of fireplace. The more the client uses this free service...

Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st. This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.” “Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.” Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints. Once the joints...

Chimney Sweeping Logs vs The Professionals

Nobody wishes to pay extra and wait for appointed times to get their chimneys cleaned; as such, people have turned to other solutions that cost less or frees up their schedules for other activities. For lawn mowing, some pay for others to do it for them. For food transportation, instead of driving to pick up, some elect to pay extra for delivery. For chimney sweeps, this quick-fix solution takes the shape of chimney cleaning/sweeping logs; however, as it turns out, these logs, while valid, are not replacements for professionals. So how does the DIY solution match the professionals? What are Chimney Cleaning Logs? Chimney Cleaning Logs, aka Creosote Sweeping Logs, are unique logs meant to aid in cleaning Chimneys. They work by softening the layer of creosote, a group of chemicals formed when one burns plant-derived materials, formed inside and along the inner walls. The chemicals in the smoke of the log transition creosote from a thick grungy residue to a flaky and easy to scrape off...

Squirrels in Your Chimney – What to Do

There are several kinds of animals that seek shelter in chimneys. Squirrels are one example of animals that can take up residence in your chimney. While it can be annoying or even scary to have a critter running around your chimney, don’t panic. Today’s blog discusses everything you need to know about squirrels in your chimney and how to solve the issue.  How do Squirrels Get Into Chimneys? There are a few ways squirrels can end up in your chimney. One way is simply by accident. Squirrels can fall from trees or other high points into chimneys and become stuck. Other reasons squirrels end up in chimneys include hiding from predators or looking for a safe place to build a nest. Sometimes, squirrels can get trapped in chimneys and need assistance getting out.  How do I Know I Have a Squirrel in my Chimney?  A major indicator of animals in the chimney is frantic scratching noises, especially during the day. Squirrels tend to be more active during the day, whereas other...

Types of Chimneys

Mortgage holders have numerous alternatives for gas or wood-consuming chimneys, yet the decisions can be to some degree befuddling if the real factors are not promptly accessible. The web can be a decent hot-spot for research, however, there are a ton of locales that do not give precise or careful data, so settling on a decision can be troublesome. The accompanying should assist with helping mortgage holders in settling on the significant choice about what kind of chimney to introduce in their home. Masonry Masonry fireplaces and chimneys are developed on-site from stone or blocks and mortar and are a piece of the home’s basic plan. Commonly, these chimneys and fireplaces are built as the house is manufactured. Prefabricated A prefab fireplace is one that has been made and collected in a manufacturing plant before being moved and introduced at a place of work. This sort of chimney will set aside your time and cash, over a conventional masonry chimney. They are made in ventless,...

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. 1. 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. 2.  Fireplace Odors  Do you have unpleasant smells...

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...

How can water damage your chimney ?

3 Types of Chimney Damage Caused by Moisture There are many potential problems that can arise with a chimney, and water is one of the major causes of costly troubles.  Besides the fact that an annual chimney inspection is recommended as a basic safety measure, another reason an inspection by a professional chimney sweep is important is so that moisture problems can be identified before they do extensive damage. Spalling Spalling is more than an aesthetic issue.  Bricks can become useless as structural components if there is enough breakage that the bricks no longer offer support.  Watch for exterior damage to your chimney, such as bits of brick around the chimney base, to avoid the need for expensive masonry repairs. Solution:  While a chimney can’t be 100% waterproofed, you can add an extra layer of protection to your chimney’s exterior by getting it so-called “waterproofed.”  Give us a call and one of our chimney professionals will add a water repellant treatment to your chimney,...

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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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