Have you ever paid for or seen an ad for a $29 or $49 chimney cleaning? Have you ever been solicited over the phone or in person for a chimney sweep? If so, you may have been scammed!
A legitimate chimney cleaning takes at least an hour and a half from start to finish and necessitates two laborers to complete in such a timeframe. That, combined with the high price of gasoline these days, as well as what a chimney sweep pays in liability and workman's compensation insurance, absolutely cannot allow for a company profit when charging under $100. In fact, a chimney sweep would lose money on such a “deal!” So you may be asking yourself, why would a chimney company advertise such a deal when they aren’t even profiting? The answer is simple. Many scam artist sweeping companies out there will advertise ridiculously low prices on such a service just to get their foot in the door. Once in your home, these scammers will lie to you, scare you, and pressure you into purchasing something very, very expensive and often, unnecessary. Sadly, these low cost ads end up costing the customer thousands of dollars in the end.
A legitimate sweep will run you anywhere between $150 and $350 for the basic chimney cleanings. Again, it will take approximately an hour and a half to complete and should definitely include an inspection of your chimney.