Chimney Cleaning

How often should my chimney be cleaned?

Chimney cleaning is needed to reduce the risk of fires and prevent toxic fumes from entering your home. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends a yearly inspection, cleaning and repairs done as necessary. Freestanding woodstoves or fireplace inserts used to heat the home should be inspected and cleaned if needed every year. Regular, open fireplaces need to be maintained and cleaned on a consistent basis as well. Usually, a cleaning is needed for every cord of wood burned or at least 2-3 years.

How long will it take to clean my chimney and is there any mess?

On average, it usually takes about an hour to clean most masonry chimneys including setup of tarps, vacuums and tools, cleaning the chimney, and reloading our truck. We strive to make sure no mess is left in your home. Pre-fab fireplaces typically take about 35-45 min. Woodstove inserts can take from 1-3 hours, depending on how often they are cleaned, the type of wood burned, and the way the stove is operated.

Can you do repairs?

Yes. We repair fireboxes, replace lost or damaged damper blades or install top mount dampers if a replacement blade is not available. We also repair crowns, replace rusted chase covers, install chimney caps and apply water repellent treatment to chimneys. If you are having problems with your chimney, we can most likely find a workable solution.

Why should we choose Village Sweep as our chimney professional?

Because we are the area experts and we don’t take short cuts to compromise your safety. Chimney sweeping is a very straightforward process, but there are aspects of chimneys and venting systems that are very technical. Ongoing training is needed to provide accurate evaluation reports and building codes are always changing. We carry business liability insurance for your protection. We are locally family owned and operated and have been in business for over 30 years.

What areas do you service?

We service all of Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Sonoma and Napa counties. We will travel elsewhere by special request.


Village Hearth & Home/Village Sweep is a family run company with over 30 years of trusted service. Our chimney cleaning service Village Sweep was founded in 1983 and in 2006 we opened a retail hearth products store.  Our fireplace technicians have many years of experience and expertise in chimney cleaning, real estate evaluations, repairs and fireplace installations.  We service Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Contra Costa counties. 

Napa 257-0777

Solano 429-0777

Sonoma 545-0777

Vallejo 643-0777

Contra Costa 925-674-0777

CA License #974228

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