A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps

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We Have Been Providing The Best Chimney Sweep Service For Over 25 Years. Our Chimney Technicians Provide Detailed Chimney Inspection Reports.

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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 an MS in Engineering from Old Dominion University – 98. Ray holds a class A contractor’s license and a professional engineering license in both Virginia and Maryland— making him more than qualified to personally train each and every one of our technicians. Ray has published national trade articles in SNEWS Magazine and National Chimney Sweep Guild’s Sweeping Magazine. And to top it all off with a fun fact: the Virginia court system has recognized Ray as an expert witness.

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Chimney Inspection

Chimney Inspection

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association...

Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning

There is a certain level of coziness and ambiance that comes with a wood....

Chimney Repair

Chimney Repair

A Step In Time in Virginia Beach, VA specializes in chimney...

Chimney Liner

Chimney Liner

A chimney liner is a flue lining in a masonry chimney that contains....

Wood Stove

Free Standing Wood Stoves

A free-standing wood stove is slightly challenging to clean..

Wood Stove Insert

Wood Stove Inserts

These inserts are heavy and more difficult to clean because the job....

Vent Cleaner

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Clogged dryer vents can be a hazard for house fires, so cleaning your dryer....

Chimney Installation

Stainless Steel Chimney
Liner installation

Many masonry chimneys have a terra cotta flue tile liner...

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering
Inspections and Design

A Step in Time in Virginia Beach, VA was founded by Ray Gessner...


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Chimney Sweep FAQ

A chimney sweep is a professional who specializes in cleaning and maintaining chimneys. They have the knowledge and expertise to remove debris, such as soot and creosote, that builds up in chimneys over time. This helps to prevent chimney fires and ensures that your chimney is functioning safely and efficiently.

Regular chimney sweeping is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it helps to prevent chimney fires. When creosote, a byproduct of burning wood, builds up in the chimney, it can ignite and cause a fire. Chimney sweeps remove this build-up, reducing the risk of a fire. In addition, regular chimney sweeping helps to improve the overall efficiency of your chimney and can even save you money on your heating bills.

The frequency of chimney sweeping depends on several factors, including the type of fuel you use, the size of your chimney, and how often you use your fireplace or stove. As a general rule, it is recommended to have your chimney swept at least once per year. If you use your fireplace or stove frequently, or if you burn wood with a high resin content, you may need to have your chimney swept more often.

During a chimney sweep, the chimney sweep will start by inspecting the inside of your chimney to assess the condition of the flue and the amount of debris present. They will then use specialized tools, such as brushes and vacuums, to remove any debris from the chimney. Once the chimney has been cleaned, the chimney sweep will inspect it again to ensure that it is safe and functioning properly.

While it is possible to sweep your own chimney, it is generally recommended to hire a professional chimney sweep. Chimney sweeps have the training, knowledge, and tools necessary to safely and effectively clean and maintain your chimney. In addition, attempting to sweep your own chimney can be dangerous, as it involves climbing on the roof and working with potentially hazardous materials.

The cost of a chimney sweep can vary depending on the size and complexity of the job, as well as the location of the chimney. In general, you can expect to pay between $100 and $400 for a standard chimney sweep. Some companies may also offer discounts for repeat customers or for booking multiple services at once. It is always a good idea to get estimates from multiple companies before making a decision.

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