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Sootmaster Chimney Sweep Hoover
With over 30 years of experience, Sootmaster 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 Hoover, Alabama, 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 (205) 707-4123.
Why Choose Chimney Sweep Hoover
As we have mentioned before, you are the number one priority here at Sootmaster of Hoover. We value your experience with us more than anything, which is why we have the most respectful and knowledgeable team. We will do our best to give you fair pricing and quality services, with safety as our #1 priority. Give us a call at (205) 707-4123, and let us know what we can do for you!
A great local company that is very reliable, very affordable, and very helpful. Highly recommended for the Hoover area.
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.
Providing the Highest Quality Chimney Services In the Area
Our top priority is providing industry-leading service as chimney sweep and fireplace professionals. Our goal is to build loyalty and trust with those we serve. That’s why our first-class teams are considerate and careful, making sure to protect your property and belongings. We want to accommodate you, and we’ll make sure to be in communication with you about any last-minute schedule changes. sharpest individuals comprise our teams: those who exemplify what it means to be a true chimney sweep and fireplace professional.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If I'm renting an apartment with a fireplace, is it me 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 do I know If my chimney and fireplace need cleaning?
A typically used fireplace should be annually cleaned and inspected a minimum of once a year. If the fireplace is used daily as a main source of heat, it should be checked more often. If you use your fireplace consistently during the winter, or you notice a black buildup on the walls of the fireplace, it should be cleaned annually. When a Chimney sweep comes, they will also inspect the fireplace and chimney from the outside and check for damage from the weather.
I have a gas fireplace. Should this chimney be checked too?
Without a doubt! Although gas is usually a clean-burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces may also cause many problems with the typical flues intended to vent the older generation of furnaces. Sootmaster is not licensed to operate on any gas fireplace; Contact a gas certified plumber or gas licensed fireplace company for your needs.
Can I clean my fireplace and chimney myself?
Trying to clean your chimney and fireplace yourself can be a dangerous and time-consuming task. 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.
5 Signs You Need Your Chimney Cleaned
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.
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.
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.
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..
When temperatures drop, many people turn to the warmth of a fireplace to combat the cold outside. Since winter might have your fireplace working overtime, follow these tips to keep your fireplace operating safely.
Keeping Warm in the Winter
Don’t Burn All the Time
Fireplaces are built for short-duration fires. Your fireplace isn’t meant to completely replace your heater, so fires shorter than 5 hours are recommended.
Keep Flammables at a Safe Distance
Make sure any combustibles are kept well away from the fireplace. This includes furniture and decor. A rogue ember can quickly ignite any surrounding flammable materials. Keep any furniture or decor such as drapes at least three feet away from the fire at all times.
Use Tools Properly
Don’t EVER use your bare hands when a fire is burning. Always use the correct fireplace tools to stoke the fire or shift burning logs. Fire is extremely dangerous and can quickly cause burns and injuries, so it is important to keep a safe distance.
Don’t Overload the Fireplace
Too many logs in the fire can quickly cause it to become out of control. Use only as many logs as is necessary to maintain a steady fire.
Never Leave Fire Unattended
It is NEVER safe to leave the room when a fire is burning. Accidents happen and can quickly escalate. Always keep an eye on your fire to make sure it is burning properly.
Have Your Chimney Inspected
Fire safety organizations recommend having your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year. This simple task can easily prevent accidents such as chimney fires from occuring. Inspections ensure that your chimney and fireplace are safe to use.