Sootmaster Pensacola
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.

Who is Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps?

Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps was founded in Pensacola over 30 years ago, and since then we have been dedicated to outstanding customer service. We have taken our time to learn about the local market and what issues our community has, and we have worked to help fix and prevent those issues from happening again.  

Common Chimney Services & Repairs

These are a few of our award-winning local services:

  • Chimney and Fireplace Sweeping and Inspection 
  • Chimney Repairs and Replacements
  • Humane Animal Removal 
  • Smoke Issue Diagnostics and Smoke Stain Removal

As mentioned before, these are just a few of the professional chimney services we offer. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at (850) 475-8700 or contact@sootmaster.net. We look forward to seeing how we can serve you!

Pensacola’s Moody Weather and What it Means for Your Chimney

Here in Pensacola, we get some really wild weather as you know. Because we have our roots in the panhandle, we’ve got experience handling this weather like no other which allows us to deliver unrivaled quality work.

We get how weird the weather is here. In the winter, you never know if you’re going to wake up to a frozen car, or if you’re going to melt to your seat while waiting for the AC to turn on. With this season following the summer storms that we are notorious for, we often deal with Spalling, which is the cracking of the bricks due to water induced stress. The local weather can be absolutely brutal on your chimney, and the salty air on the coast does everything but help.

Since we’ve spent so much time here, we know the weather patterns and we know how best to fix any issues you may have. If you think your chimney may be suffering from some water damage, or you just want us to make sure it does not happen, give us a call or send us an email and we would love to see how we can help you!

Things to do in Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle, and the county seat of Escambia County, Florida. As of 2019, the population was estimated to be 52,975. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola Metropolitan Area, which had an estimated 502,629 residents as of 2019.

National Naval Aviation Museum

“The National Naval Aviation Museum is home to tens of thousands of items and millions of documents which span the entire spectrum of Naval Aviation history. Through its Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library, History Up Close series, online exhibits and collections database, these items and the stories they tell can be shared with researchers and the general public. Further, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation operates a number of educational programs at the Museum and the state-of-the-art National Flight Academy, all designed to inspire children and adolescents to pursue excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

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Big Lagoon State Park

First acquired in 1977, Big Lagoon State Park is a 705-acre Florida State Park located on the northwestern Florida coast, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola on Gulf Beach Highway. It encompasses the northern boundary of Big Lagoon as it snakes toward Pensacola Bay to the east.

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

“Built in 1859 the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Come climb the tower, take a ghost hunt, or get the best seats in the house for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice flights. The Richard C. Callaway Museum is housed in the restored 1869 keeper’s quarters where you’ll explore a wide range of exhibits.”

pensacolalighthouse.org

A great local company that is very reliable, very affordable and very helpful. Highly recommended for the Pensacola 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get my chimney swept?

According to The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

My fireplace stinks, especially in the summer. What can I do?

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.

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.

What's safe to burn in the fireplace?

You should only burn well-seasoned wood. Watch this video from the CSIA to learn what NOT to burn in your fireplace.

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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