A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps

Leader in the Chimney Sweeps

A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps has been offering chimney cleaning, inspections and repairs for over 20 years. The 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 firemen throughout the United States to establish business locations with owner/operators who are existing or former firemen to provide

chimney sweep service

with utmost excellence.

If you are a homeowner looking for a knowledgeable and

professional chimney sweep

then go to our “SeekASweep” locator and we will match you with a professional local chimney sweep. If you are a fireman or an extremely experienced chimney sweep then contact us to find how you can operate your local business by partnering with us.

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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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Dryer vent cleaning

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.


Raymond Gessner


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 corporate office general manager of the roofing division. Mr. Jones has been in the construction business for over 20 years.

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

Andrew Paterini


Andrew Paterini is leading the Williamsburg and Richmond Market. He has many years of experience as a chimney sweep.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I appreciate the quick response to take care of a chimney matter for my mother. Thank you David and teammate for your professionalism, expertise and knowledge of chimney inspection and repair. I especially appreciate you taking the time to send photos and speak with me. This gave me comfort since I was out of state. Again, thank you and we would definitely recommend others for chimney sweep

Vivian. Bender

No real comparison. These guys set the standard for professionalism, offer a range of chimney sweep services for more than just cleaning the chimney, and just have a wider service area than anyone else. In the future I am not calling anyone else.

Dan Elam

We had a wonderful experience with A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps. Paul and his crew, Rodney and Victor, were here and did one of the best chimney inspections for our home that we have ever had. Not only did they take care of a fireplace issue but they sealed a gas vent leading to our hot water heater which was not sealed properly. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Sylvia Berglie