Lafayette
Chimney Sweeps And Inspections

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

About us

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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Sootmaster of Lafayette Louisiana is dedicated to providing top-tier fireplace and chimney repair services. Call us today for any questions about installation, cleanings, repairs, and animal removal when it comes to your fireplace or chimney!

What To Expect

Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Lafayette, Louisiana believes your satisfaction is our #1 priority.  We have spent the last 30 years perfecting our craft and earning a great reputation with those who have had their fireplace repaired or chimney installed. Sootmaster holds 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 (888) 768-0818.

 

Why Choose Us

As we have mentioned before, you are the number one priority here at Sootmaster of Lafayette. 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 (888) 768-0818 and let us know what we can do for you!

Seasonal Update

With the cold weather comes warm clothes, heating bills, and hot cocoa. But, it also brings potentially chimney damages. Now, down here in the south, we may not get blizzards and 10 feet of snow, but it can get cold. And this fall and winter season, it’s important to look out for signs of chimney damage. Believe it or not, freezing temperatures can actually cause damage to chimneys. See, bricks are like sponges, they’re porous and absorb water. When this water freezes, it expands. This can cause what is known as spalling. Spalling is when the faces and chunks of bricks actually break off. This can lead to the lesser structural integrity of the chimney, which is never good. So, be sure to watch out for any spalling on your masonry chimney. And for any chimney or fireplace repair, Sootmaster is here to help!

 

Sweeps & Inspections

Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Lafayette, Louisiana 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 Lafayette, Louisiana 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.

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Cracked Crown on Your Chimney?

On a chimney, the crown is located across the top of the chimney. It is a solid cover that sits on the highest points of your chimney. Designed to be strong and perform well over a long period of time. Even though, over-time all structures start to fall. There are numerous reasons for cracks to form in the crown. Chimneys are continually exposed to the elements and become damaged from snow, rain, sunlight, and freeze-thaw stages. It is significantly important to repair any cracks or splits in a smokestack before any harm occurs.

Indications of a Damages Chimney Crown

  1. Cracking: Visible cracks in the concrete forming the crown can be filled or sealed, if they are still relatively small. Larger cracks might need more extensive repair.
  2. Falling flue tiles: notice small lumps of tiles gathering at the base of your fireplace it is an indication that the pipe coating your stack is harmed. If this issue is not tended to it can possibly prompt a house fire.
  3. Rust: Rust on the damper or in the firebox implies water is getting in there some way or another, potentially through a harmed smokestack crown. Rust must be completely cleaned, and the difficulty that caused it must be immediately fixed.
  4. Moisture Damage: wallpaper or walls within your home close to the fireplace are giving indications of dampness harm it could identify with water getting in through a defective crown.
  5. Mortar joint harmWater that gets into a smokestack can harm mortar joints and cause them to begin disintegrating. On the off chance that you see unordinary particles at the base of the stack or in the firebox

It is imperative to keep up the structural integrity of your chimney as it can turn into a fire danger whenever ignored. Depending upon the degree of the harm to your chimney crown, the kind of repairs needed will fluctuate. The sooner you get issues the less intrusive work it will need to be fixed. In the event that the crown is in more noteworthy decay it might be an ideal opportunity to totally supplant and rebuild the crown.

These and other problems can be prevented by scheduling an annual inspection and cleaning with a professional chimney sweep. However, you do not want to hire just anyone to take care of the task. Mixing any old mortar and slapping it on top is going to leave you with additional issues in no time. Instead, you need a specially formulated mixture made of weather resistant materials to do the job. A cement chimney crown is likely your best option.

called Sootmaster to get an inspection for the leak problem my fireplace was having. They were prompt for the appointment and were knowledgeable. Patrick answered all the questions I had and even showed me before and after pictures of the necessary repairs. It has rained several times and no more leak! Thank you Sootmaster and thank you Patrick.

-Diana Flower

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the creosote logs, really work? if so, why would I need to get my chimney cleaned professionally?
The “sweep Logs” do not physically “Sweep” your chimney, but what they do is turn creosote from a soft, sticky, marshmallow-like substance to a hard flakey substance thus creating less build over time. The short answer is no, those logs will not replace a sweep, but they will if used correctly, reduce the frequency in which you will have to have your fireplace cleaned.
 
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. 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.
 
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.
 
 
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.
 

We found it nearly impossible to find a company willing to replace our chimney caps because of the high pitch of our roof. Your guys came out, assessed the job and came back and completed it. The work quality is excellent and we couldn’t be happier.

Very courteous and professional. A job well done. Very knowledgeable about what they do and can help explain things. Awesome job Neal!

These guys were such a pleasure to deal with, they were professional, knowledgeable, clean, and just darn right awesome to do business with.
Thank you Sootmaster

I called about having my chimney leak repaired and the young man, I believe it was Patrick came out and was very polite. Gave me a reasonable estimate to repair my chimney. They came out a few days later to fix it. I would recommend this company if you need chimney repairs
 

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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 are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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