Chimney Sweep | Chimney Repair | Chimney Inspection – A Step In Time –

A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps has been offering chimney cleaning, chimney inspections, and chimney repairs for over 20 years. A Step in Time is currently offering  NFPA level 1 chimney inspections at $85 and chimney sweep for open fireplaces are $159. For homeowners, we will come to your home, provide detailed inspection photos, and educate you on state building codes regarding the safety of your fireplace. This service is heavily discounted.

We are so confident that you will be impressed with our professionalism, quality of service and knowledge we provide, that you will become our customer for life. Our founder, Ray Gessner is a licensed professional engineer with a masters degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. A Step in Time is currently expanding nationwide and partnering with professional sweeps throughout the United States to establish business locations with owner/operators who are looking to run their own franchise.

Norfolk | Virginia Beach | Hampton Roads | Richmond | Chimney Sweep Inspection & Repair

A Step in Time has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, class A contractor’s license, workers compensation and liability insurance and great ratings on Google and Yelp. We really want to provide the best service possible. Feel free to click the chat button to the right and instantly speak with us or schedule your appointment. We can also answer many of your chimney related questions. Click the chat button and give it a try.

Chimney Sweep, Inspection, & Repair Services

  • Chimney Sweep
  • Chimney Repair
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimeny Cleaning
  • Chimney Installation

Norfolk | Virginia Beach Service Areas

  • Norfolk
  • Virginia Beach
  • Hampton
  • Chesapeake
  • Richmond

Pricing – SPECIALS!

NFPA Level 1 Chimney Inspection with report – $29 (discounted)
NFPA Level 2 Chimney Inspection with report – $129 (discounted)
Standard chimney sweep  with open fireplace– $59 (discounted)
Dryer Vent cleaning for 15 foot run – $199
Wood stove cleaning  – $399

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About Us

Ray Gessner is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech – 91 and a masters of engineering from Old Dominion University – 98. Ray holds a class A contractor’s license, professional engineering license in both Virginia and Maryland, and even personally trains all our technicians. Ray has published national trade articles in SNEWS magazine and National Chimney Sweep Guild, Sweeping Magazine. Also, the Virginia court system has recognized Ray as an expert witness.

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We offer chimney cleaning, inspections and repairs by trained professionals

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We offer roof repairs and replacement. Hail damage and insurance claims welcome.

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We offer dryer vent cleaning for residential and commercial projects.

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A Step in Time offers training to chimney professional throughout the United States by a licensed professional engineer.


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Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a licensed professional engineer with master’s degree in civil engineering.

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Rufus Jones is the Northern Virginia future franchisee. Rufus has been working at A Step in Time for over 10 years and is a wonderful person.

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Frances Verhofstadt is the corporate office manager and has worked in customer service her entire life. She has a wonderful personality and is Ray’s mother in law.

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Jeff Hughes has known Ray for over 15 years. He is currently in charge of the corporate expansion of the Greater Richmond area. Jeff is an intelligent and talented chimney technician.

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