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.

3 Reasons You Should Have Your Chimney Cleaned Twice a Year

Many new homeowners when purchasing their home wonder about maintaining their fireplace. A lot of them do not realize their chimney needs to be cleaned as well as the fireplace.  There are many reasons you should have your chimney professionally cleaned twice a year.  Here we will go over the reasons as to why you should clean your chimney more than once a year.  Why should I get my chimney swept? As a homeowner, typically many try to cut costs where it can be done. They will either choose to DIY a project or skip a certain maintenance altogether. Many wonder if they really should get their chimney cleaned.  The answer to this is simple. Yes. Get your chimney swept by a professional instead of trying to cut corners. This process is complex and can make a mess or cause damage if done incorrectly.  A professional chimney sweeper will know what to look for in terms of any of the components of your chimney needing maintenance or replacing. This can save you money by preventing any water...

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....

Tell Signs Of A Replacement or Repair

Most think that a chimney is part of your home, in reality, it plays a significant role in ensuring you, your family, and your property’s safety. A chimney directs noxious gases, heat, and fumes safely out of the home. That is the main reason why the chimney must remain in proper working condition if you desire it to continue being effective. A faulty or damaged chimney puts you and your family at risk of a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. It is extremely important to schedule regular chimney inspections and cleanings. Not only will this keep your chimney performing properly, but it will also help catch minor problems ahead of time. Having an inspection, maintenance, and repair done before the small issues become more extensive and costly problems. Chimneys appear robust and durable, but it wrong to assume they will not need proper maintenance. Like everything else that is put to good use, chimneys need proper cleanings before and after each winter season. All the work...

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...

Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Chimney Sweep

Another burning season has come to an end. As the weather warms up outside, the fireplace is used less and eventually retired until the next chilly autumn night. But before you completely put your fireplace out of your mind, schedule a chimney sweep and inspection. The warmer months are the best time to schedule chimney maintenance for several reasons.  Get Ahead of the Rush  When temperatures begin to cool down, chimney companies are bombarded. Cooler weather reminds many homeowners to get their chimneys checked out before burning the first fire of the season. Because of this, fall is the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps, and it may be difficult to get on the schedule. During the busy season, sweeps can be booked out for weeks at a time. By scheduling your chimney sweep and inspection now, you can avoid the chaos of burning season and get your chimney system ready for those cool days and nights.  Catch Problems Early  There are many issues that could be hiding in your...

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...

7 Signs of Damage a Chimney Inspection Can Uncover

Think about your chimney and all its components right now.  Do you know the exact state of all these elements?  Do you know where damage or breakdown is starting?  What about signs of serious damage?  If you’re like most homeowners, you can’t answer each of these questions with any certainty.  So what should you do?  You should contact the only person who can answer these questions: a professional chimney company. Chimneys – particularly those connected to wood-burning fireplaces – perform a critical job.  They allow interior air to get into the fireplace, thus sustaining a fire, and then provide a channel to draw smoke and toxins out of the burn area and into the outside air.  A perfectly sound chimney will do its job perfectly.  A chimney that is damaged or has components that are in disrepair will not operate properly and can pose a danger to the house and those living in it. Seven common types of damage found during a chimney inspection Brick and Mortar Deterioration in Your...

What Causes Chimney Leaks: Common Issues of Chimney Problems

Water, the nemesis of architecture, the villain of building, the antithesis of shelter; it is now time to talk about the final boss. Water damage is dangerous in all forms and to more than just the chimney. It’s time to compile the misdeeds of the well-known Dihydrogen Monoxide for the world at large to see and understand. The main problem with water and chimney is the massive amounts of damage water can cause.I mean, water can create canyons so it makes sense that the damage it can cause would be expansive.  What is Water? It’s a silly question, I know, but water is a strangely neutral and resounding chemical. Before I listed its molecular name, Dihydrogen Monoxide, named such as it has two hydrogen atoms and a single oxygen atom in its standard molecular form. Thanks to this, water is a dipole molecule and likes attracting other particles to itself, one of its favorite things to attract being itself. Water is the neutral chemical on the pH scale; it’s neither...

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...

What happens if water gets in your chimney? (Comprehensive water damage guide)

Water, the nemesis of architecture, the villain of building, the antithesis of shelter; it is now time to talk about the final boss. Water damage is dangerous in all forms and to more than just the chimney. It’s time to compile the misdeeds of the well-known Dihydrogen Monoxide for the world at large to see and understand. What is Water? It’s a silly question, I know, but water is a strangely neutral and resounding chemical. Before I listed its molecular name, Dihydrogen Monoxide, named such as it has two hydrogen atoms and a single oxygen atom in its standard molecular form. Thanks to this, water is a dipole molecule and likes attracting other particles to itself, one of its favorite things to attract being itself. Water is the neutral chemical on the pH scale; it’s neither acidic nor alkaline in its natural state. Water is also a natural solvent; many minerals dissolve in water to the point that instead of specifying “water-soluble,” often when a...

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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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