A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps is an established company that has been performing chimney cleaning and repairs throughout the greater Richmond area. We serve all of greater Richmond including Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Highland Spring, Chester, Midlothian, and Powhatan. We offer chimney cleaning and repair, chimney cap installationchimney liners, dampers, fireplace repairs and chimney fire investigation. A Step in Time strives to offer our customers the highest quality of service available in our industry. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and our entire team offers great service with a very friendly attitude. Our number one goal is your satisfaction and we believe A Step in Time stands out from the competition by our training and credentials.


A Step in Time is one of the only companies in the world with its own training school. Chimney Sweep University ( is lead by Ray Gessner. The curriculum offered by Chimney Sweep University is available to other chimney sweeps throughout the United States. The training which is provided to our students focuses on the building code requirements pertaining to the chimney cleaning and repair field. A Step in Time focuses on the core essential inspection and cleaning techniques that is required to properly service and repair your fireplace. Since A Step in Time is one of the larger chimney sweep companies in the world, our company solves more chimney repair and design issues than most of our competition. The appropriate solutions to these unique cases are logged and integrated into our training program. This consistently improves the quality of our technicians and allows us to provide better service to our customers.


A Step in Time is one of the only chimney sweep companies in the United States with a licensed professional engineer. Ray Gessner is a license professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland, and has a master’s degree in engineering. Ray is also CSIA and FIRE certified. All our chimney technicians are personally trained by Ray Gessner where he focuses on the important issues regarding the proper way to inspect, clean and repair your fireplace. A Step in Time also has a class A contractor’s license, workers compensation insurance, liability insurance and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our chimney technicians are the highest trained and best paid in the industry. Our concept is to provide the best quality service with a friendly personality. If this is not provided, Ray wants to speak with you personally.


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Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a professionally licensed engineer with an MS 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.