Modern chimney cleaning

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Modern chimney sweep

Today, chimney sweeps still maintain a thriving new industry in many parts of the world. The industry has expanded from the maintenance of wood-burning fireplace and appliance venting systems to include venting for many types of heating appliances. Venting systems for Heating Oil, natural gas, wood and pellet burning appliances, including building furnaces and space heaters are maintained by modern chimney sweeps. The standard chimney brush is still used, along with more modern tools (such as vacuums, cameras and special chimney cleaning tools), although most sweeps are done from the bottom of the chimney, rather than the top, to prevent the dispersion of dust and debris.

Most modern chimney sweeps are professionals, and are usually trained to diagnose and repair hazards along with maintenance such as removal of flammable creosote, firebox and damper repair, and smoke chamber repair. Some sweeps also offer more complicated repairs such as flue repair and relining, crown repair, and tuckpointing or rebuilding of masonry chimneys.

Trade Organisations[edit]

In the US, two trade organizations that help to regulate the industry.

Certification for chimney sweeps are issued by two organizations.

In the UK, four trade associations help to regulate the industry.

  • The National Association of Chimney Sweeps
  • The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps
  • The Institute Of Chimney Sweeps
  • Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps



National Chimney Sweep Guild Chimney Safety Institute of America Midwest Chimney Safety Council