Chimney Sweeping

Chimney Sweeping in Pittsburgh, PA

People don’t think of their chimneys too often. Used occasionally or a lot, your chimney needs maintained and cleaned at least once a year. Dust, loose bricks, and toxic residue build up are all things that need to be cleaned from your chimney for air quality and allergy solutions. If your chimney has a bird, rat, or even raccoon nest, that can be a big problem, too.

Chemicals, Build Up, and Chimney Safety


The buildup of creosote (a colorless to yellowish greasy liquid with a characteristic smoky odor) and soot in your fireplace, wood stove and chimney is unavoidable. Creosote, forms a black, powdery, flaky, or glazed coating on the inside of your chimney. It can pose a potential fire hazard; it’s the primary fuel in most chimney fires. Even without a chimney fire, creosote and soot reduce the draft and diminish the efficiency of your heating system.

Carbon Monoxide

Leaves, bird nests, or the debris from your gas or oil heating system can block your chimney. A crack or break in the flue tile can interfere with the chimney’s ability to vent properly. If your chimney is blocked or is not airtight, carbon monoxide may seep into your home unnoticed. If undetected, this odorless, colorless gas can be fatal.

Even if you have a gas heating system, ventilation is essential to keeping your energy and heat efficient in your home. As the experts in residential air duct cleaning in Pittsburgh, we ensure that you can breathe clean, healthy air.

Creosote, as mentioned, builds up from wood burning directly, with water vapor, gases, hydrocarbon, and assorted minerals sticking to the residue. It can be a huge fire risk to your chimney. Creosote is combustible and lead to permanent damage on your home, or worse.

Our Chimney Sweeping Procedure

  1. A clean drop cloth is spread in the firebox area, which is where the fire actually burns.
  2. The firebox is placed under suction using the soot-sweeper vacuum which is specifically designed for chimney cleaning. This prevents soot and debris from entering your home.
  3. The chimney is then swept clean from the roof down to the smoke shelf.
  4. The damper plate is removed and wire brushed clean.
  5. We hand brush and vacuum the firebox, smoke chamber, and smoke shelf along with the damper housing, so it fully opens and closes for proper operation and efficiency
  6. Grate is wire brushed and vacuumed.
  7. Chimney is thoroughly inspected. Video inspections are available using Chim-Scan for badly deteriorated or fire damaged chimneys.

Other Services

Chimney Crown Repairing – If needed, we can rebuild your chimney crown so it’s like new. A cracked or loosened chimney crown can allow moisture to penetrate the brick and flue tile.

Chimney Caps – Our 100% stainless steel rain and animal guard chimney caps are the finest available in the industry. They carry an unconditional lifetime guarantee. This superior product keeps birds, squirrels, and raccoons out of your chimney. The chimney cap also prevents water from penetrating into the flue, which can damage the lining and lead to costly repairs down the road. This chimney cap is available in stainless steel, copper, and black painted steel in any of the standard or custom sizes.

Furnace Flue Cleaning and Fireplace Cleaners – For a furnace flue cleaning we first remove and thoroughly wire brush the flue pipe that runs from the furnace to the masonry chimney. Then, we wire brush the flue liner in the chimney. All debris from the clean-out trap is removed, such as broken flue tile, bricks, soot, mortar, and bird nests. We offer a variety of cleaners to keep your fireplace looking and working its best.

Contact Air Duct Maintenance Today

With Air Duct Maintenance, Inc., you can always expect a free and honest assessment of the current state of your chimney. Our pricing is not “fixed,” estimates are custom to the amount of work that will need to be performed.

Areas we service include but are not limited to: Allegheny, Washington, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Westmoreland, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Crawford, Erie, Somerset, Greene, Fayette, Cambria, Clarion, Blair, Jefferson, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson (Ohio), Brooke, Marshall, Wetzel, Monongalia, Preston, Ohio, Hancock, and Trumbull.

Call today for your free estimate!