Chimney Sweeps And Inspections

What To Expect

Here at Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Mobile, 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 (251) 216-4541


Why Choose Us

As we have mentioned before, you are the number one priority here at Sootmaster of Mobile. 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 (251) 216-4541 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!


What we do

Chimney Sweeps, Repairs, Inspections, Installations

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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 its 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.

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

About us

Providing the Highest Quality Chimney Services In the Area

Our top priority is providing industry-leading service as a 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

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.

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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
Charcoal Products

Don’t utilize your chimney for consuming charcoal or coal. Utilize those items in your open-air grill flame. These fuels consume far hotter than kindling, and the sheltered temperature levels in your chimney and firebox can be surpassed. These materials additionally produce much more destructive carbon monoxide than wood produces. Carbon monoxide is scentless, colorless, and tasteless. It is critical to have carbon monoxide indicators in your home, if you have a chimney, so you and your family can get required admonition in the occasion an excessive amount of carbon monoxide is delivered.

Painted or Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood—wood generally utilized in decks and outside furnishings—was once implanted with arsenic to keep harm from dampness and bugs. At the point when you burn it, the subsequent smoke contains poisons. Painted or recolored wood contains different synthetic concoctions that could deliver poisons into the air when burned, as well. It is ideal to stay with untreated or normal wood for your chimney.

Papers and Cardboard

Small recyclables are extensively used to light a thundering fire since they as a rule burst into flames rapidly. Whenever you must get a fire moving, nonetheless, do not utilize cardboard (counting pizza boxes and grain boxes), which is regularly treated with synthetic substances. Rather, utilize endorsed fire starters, accessible from outdoor supply stores, or little splinters of wood, chipped with a hatchet from your supply of prepared kindling.

Christmas Tree

It can be enticing to cut up and consume your live Christmas tree in your wood-consuming chimney. In addition to not being appropriately prepared, the evergreen wood of your Christmas tree contains significant levels of tar. These saps consume rapidly and can pop, causing a danger of a fireplace fire.

Fire Accelerants

You should consistently abstain from utilizing lighter liquid or some other quickening agent in your chimney. These are intended for outside utilization. Many contain methanol and oil-based synthetic compounds which can deliver harmful exhaust. These materials likewise make extraordinary and hot flames which can harm the uprightness of your chimney, and put your home in danger


 It’s enticing to simply throw things like bubble wrap, paper cups, plates, egg containers and other junk into the chimney just to dispose of it rapidly. Stop. Simply quit doing that. You could be delivering dioxins, which can prompt respiratory issues, migraines, even malignant growth when breathed in a shut domain.

What is safe to burn?

Chimneys are intended to consume wood however it tragically turns into a rubbish removal choice for some mortgage holders. Resist the impulse to burn anything in your fireplace that is not firewood — especially trash.

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...

Leftover Firewood: 5 Uses for Extra Wood

Buying the perfect amount of firewood to get through the winter can be trickier than it seems. As the days warm up and the burning season comes to an end, you may find yourself with leftover firewood. Here are some helpful tips if you’re wondering what to do with extra firewood until next winter.  Use Firewood for Camping  Camping is a great spring and summer activity. If you’ve got some logs left from winter, pack them with your camping supplies to use at the campsite. That way, you’ll have more time to spend with friends and family around the campfire instead of gathering kindling. Also, it could save you a bit of money because you won’t have to buy wood from the campsite. However, make sure you read campsite guidelines regarding bringing your own wood before you do so. Some areas don’t allow this due to invasive insects and fungus.  Host a Bonfire  Gather friends and family and use your leftover firewood for a bonfire. Spring and summer nights are a great time to hang out with...

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...

11 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

The warm, romantic crackle of a fireplace is a part of the cooler months many people look forward to. The fireplace brings holiday comfort for many people, but it can also be dangerous if not used properly. Although it may be tempting to simply discard trash into the fire and watch it burn away, you should never burn anything other than properly seasoned wood in the fireplace. Small pieces of trash that burn easily may seem harmless, but come with hidden consequences. Here are 11 things that should never be burned in your fireplace. Treated Wood If you have some wood lying around from your latest home improvement project, don’t throw it in the fireplace. Painted or treated wood is full of synthetic chemicals that can have harmful effects when burned. Not only will treated wood release toxic substances into the air, it can also do a lot of damage to your fireplace. The only wood you should burn is properly seasoned, dry firewood.  Wet Wood According to the Environmental...

Does Your Flue Liner Need Replaced?

The flue liner is an important part of any chimney system. It protects the chimney and the rest of your home from damaged caused by combustion materials. High heat, soot, and creosote can negatively impact your chimney. Additionally, a flue liner reduces the chances of a chimney fire. The best way to make sure your chimney liner isn’t damaged is to schedule regular chimney inspections. In fact, fire protection organizations recommend complete chimney inspections at least once a year. This is to ensure that all parts of the chimney system, including the liner, work properly. What is a Flue Liner? The flue liner, also referred to as the chimney liner, is a tube installed inside the chimney. Flue liners are made from clay tile or metals such as stainless steel. Heat, smoke, and other combusted byproducts are carried out of the chimney through the flue liner. Therefore, the liner prevents chemicals from harming your chimney walls. Why is it Important? The chimney liner is a very...

Chimney Terms You Should Know

Your chimney is an important part of your home. The chimney system ventilates smoke and dangerous gases, keeping your home and family safe. Here are some chimney and fireplace terms to know so that you can look out for components that need repair.  Firebox The firebox is the area of the fireplace in which the fire actually burns. This is where the logs are placed and ignited. The firebox is lined with firebrick that withstands extreme heat.  Hearth  Another important component of a fireplace and chimney system is the hearth. The hearth surrounds the fireplace. Its purpose is to protect the immediate area around the fireplace, such as the floor, safe from extreme temperatures. Damper  The metal plate that opens and closes the flue is called the damper. The damper can seal the chimney when a fire is not burning to eliminate drafts. It can also be adjusted during a fire to control how much oxygen reaches the fire.  Flue The flue is the shaft inside your chimney through which smoke and...

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...

Everything You Need to Know About Creosote

Living in a home with a fireplace comes with many benefits. A warm, crackling fire creates a cozy atmosphere. Fireplaces can also be more efficient and cost effective than home heating systems. There are multiple benefits to having a fireplace as a feature in your home. However, the benefits of a fireplace system come with a price: maintenance and upkeep. In order to keep your fireplace and chimney operating properly and safely, you need to make sure to keep on eye out for potential hazards. One of these hazards is creosote. What is Creosote? Creosote is a byproduct of wood combustion. When wood burns, the smoke and particles exit the home through the chimney. Often, the temperature inside the chimney is cooler than the materials passing through it. This temperature difference causes condensation. The condensation can leave behind a residue that sticks to the walls of your chimney. This residue is known as creosote. Creosote can produce odor and has a number of different appearances....

Should I Seal My Brick Chimney?

The southern United States receives a lot of rain. From afternoon thunderstorms to hurricanes, Southerners are very used to wet weather. However, many people don’t think about the effects that rain can have on their chimneys. Unfortunately, water damage can wreak havoc on masonry, or brick, chimneys. Two ways to prevent water from damaging your chimney are a sealant and a chimney cap. Sealant for Masonry Many chimneys are made of brick. Brick chimneys are constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials. These chimneys are made from mortar, brick, concrete, stone, flue tile, steel, and cast iron. All masonry chimneys contain some combination of these materials. Unfortunately, some of these materials can be damaged from exposure to water. All the materials, except the stone, deteriorate faster as a result of prolonged contact with water. Typically, masonry is quickly damaged when repeatedly exposed to freeze-thaw stages. This is when water that has seeped into the...

Does Insurance Cover Chimney Damage?

If you own a home with a chimney, you may be wondering if your insurance covers damage. The answer is a bit complicated: it depends. Every insurance company and policy is different. Sometimes, insurance will cover unexpected damage to your chimney. But, if the damage is caused by a lack of proper maintenance, most insurance companies will leave repair costs up to the homeowner. Read on to learn more about what is and isn’t covered with an insurance policy. Remember, it is always best to refer your homeowner’s insurance policy. What IS Covered? There are a few cases in which insurance will cover the cost of chimney repairs. The most common reasons are lightning strikes and chimney fires. The top of the chimney is typically the highest point of a home. Because of the height, this is a hotspot for lightning strikes. Additionally, chimneys are often equipped with metal chimney caps. Chimney caps are important, but sometimes the metal draws lighting. Don’t worry too...

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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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