Chimney Sweeping Services

Homes throughout Central Indiana have fireplaces and chimneys. Whether you use your chimney frequently during the heating season or seldom use it at all, getting it swept regularly can help protect your home and keep your chimney in good condition. Beck’s Chimney Sweep is your local chimney sweep company that can answer all of your chimney and fireplace questions.

Since 1977 our team has been helping homeowners maintain and repair chimneys and fireplaces. Our team is made of CSIA-certified chimney sweeps that perform quality customer service and can answer all of your chimney questions. We will perform an expert chimney sweep inspection and service in Central Indiana. We’ll also explain how the chimney sweep process works, signs that it’s time to make an appointment for a chimney sweeping service, and the benefits of chimney sweeping.

Contact our knowledgeable chimney service professionals today.

The Chimney Sweeping Process

Let’s explore what goes into sweeping a chimney. This process should only be done by a professional chimney sweep with specialized tools. Attempting to sweep your chimney yourself could result in accidental damage, or not doing a very thorough job. Entrusting the care of your fireplace and chimney with a professional chimney sweep will result in very efficient and comprehensive cleaning.

The chimney sweep process can vary based on the kind of fireplace you have in your home.

Traditional Fireplace

Traditional fireplaces are common in older homes. They are made with bricks, stone, mortar, and other masonry materials. They are a permanent fixture of the home and are a part of the initial design of the home.

Traditional chimneys have a smoke shelf behind the damper, near the firebox. You will also find that most traditional fireplaces have a masonry crown instead of a chase cover to keep things out of the chimney.

When you have your traditional masonry fireplace swept, this is the process your professional chimney sweep will perform:

  • Inspection: A professional chimney sweep begins by inspecting the interior and exterior of the chimney to assess its condition. They look for signs of creosote buildup, cracks, loose bricks, and other potential issues. The chimney sweep should also inspect the chimney after they’ve performed the sweeping to ensure that nothing was damaged during the process.
  • Preparation: Before sweeping, the area around the fireplace is covered to prevent soot and debris from spreading to your home. A drop cloth or plastic sheeting is used to protect the surrounding area.
  • Sweeping: Using specialized brushes and tools, the chimney sweep removes creosote, soot, and debris from the chimney liner and flue. The sweep may work from the top of the chimney or from inside the fireplace, depending on the access available.
  • Cleanup: After sweeping, the chimney sweep cleans up any debris that has fallen into the fireplace or the area surrounding it. This helps ensure a clean and safe living space.
  • Recommendations: Based on the inspection findings and sweeping outcome, the chimney sweep may provide recommendations for repairs, maintenance, or further actions to ensure the safety and efficiency of the fireplace.

Factory Built Fireplace

Factory-built fireplaces are very common in the Central Indiana area, especially if you live in a neighborhood built during the 1990s or later. Although these chimneys may have brick around the outside, sometimes that is just an aesthetic choice and no masonry materials were used during the construction of your chimney.

A chimney sweep for a factory-built fireplace will differ from a traditional fireplace in a few ways. You will still get an expert inspection, detailed preparation, and careful cleanup. During sweeping, we will treat your factory-built fireplace with special care to avoid damage to the unique metal chimney liners often found in this chimney type. Using the appropriate brushes and tools, we’ll clear out any creosote, soot, and debris from the flue.

Chimney sweeping is much more than just sweeping soot. A chimney inspection is included with our sweep, and we’re checking for signs of deterioration that could jeopardize your family’s safety when using the fireplace. The fireplace and chimney are designed to contain the fire and vent the smoke to the exterior of your home, so we make sure everything is in proper working order during our service.

Signs Your Chimney Needs A Good Sweeping

Routine chimney sweeping should be done annually. However, if you use your fireplace frequently during the heating season, the kinds of materials you burn in it could determine how often you need your chimney services. Wood-burning fireplaces often produce more debris and create more build-up than gas-burning fireplaces. Some of the common signs that you’re due for chimney sweeping service include:

  • Excessive Smoke: If your fireplace is producing more smoke than usual or if smoke enters your home when using the fireplace, it could indicate that there’s a blockage in the chimney that needs to be removed.
  • Slow Draft: A slow draft in your chimney is an indicator that it may be time for professional chimney sweeping services. This reduction in airflow can result from a buildup of creosote, debris, or obstructions, posing a potential fire hazard.
  • Unpleasant Odors: If you notice foul or musty odors coming from your fireplace even when it’s not in use, it could indicate the presence of creosote or other materials in the chimney that need to be cleaned out. Burning odors while using your fireplace can also indicate blockages in the fireplace that need to be removed.
  • Soot Buildup: If you see a buildup of soot or creosote on the walls of the firebox or inside the chimney, it’s a clear sign that cleaning is needed to prevent a fire hazard.
  • Visible Debris: If you see twigs, leaves, or other debris falling into your fireplace, it might be due to a blockage at the top of the chimney.
  • Small Animals or Nesting Materials: If you hear sounds of animals in your chimney or notice nesting materials, it’s a sign that animals have found their way in and need to be removed before sweeping.
  • Burning Sparks or Embers: If you see sparks or embers coming out of the top of your chimney while the fire is burning, it could indicate a blockage or buildup.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarms: If your carbon monoxide detector goes off while using your fireplace, it could be due to improper ventilation caused by a blocked chimney.
  • Previous Infrequent Sweeping: If you haven’t had your chimney swept in a year or more, it’s advisable to schedule a chimney sweep as part of regular maintenance.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to address them promptly by scheduling a professional chimney sweeping at your Central Indiana home with Beck’s.

Benefits Of A Thorough Chimney Sweeping

While some people think that chimney sweeping is a song and dance, it’s actually an incredibly valuable service. While we won’t provide any entertainment value to your chimney sweeping process, we can add value to the safety of your home.

  • Reduced Fire Hazard: Removing creosote and debris from the chimney reduces the risk of chimney fires. Creosote can accumulate and ignite if not cleaned regularly.
  • Improved Airflow: Sweeping the chimney ensures proper airflow, which is crucial for efficient combustion and preventing smoke from backing up into your home. This can also help eliminate odors like smoke from permeating your home when you light a fire in your fireplace. Improved airflow can also help improve heating efficiency which will make your space warmer when lighting a fire.
  • Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Exposure: Proper chimney sweeping helps prevent the buildup of harmful gases like carbon monoxide, ensuring they are safely vented outside your home.
  • Prolonged Chimney Life: Regular cleaning helps prevent deterioration of the chimney’s interior components, increasing its lifespan and reducing the need for costly repairs.
  • Prevention of Corrosion and Rust: Moisture can cause metal components within the chimney system to rust or corrode. Sweeping helps remove moisture and prevent deterioration.
  • Maintained Structural Integrity: Removing debris and creosote prevents their acidic effects on the chimney liner and masonry, preserving the chimney’s structural integrity. During your sweeping appointment, one of our chimney professionals will conduct a thorough inspection of your chimney and can identify issues that should be addressed before they cause major issues.
  • Reduced Allergens: If your chimney has been home to animals or birds, sweeping removes allergens like dander, feathers, and nesting materials that can enter your home.

How to Pick A Chimney Sweeping Company

The term “chimney sweep” may feel old-fashioned and bring to mind images from old movies, but with so many homes in Central Indiana having chimneys, chimney sweeping is still an incredibly important service in this modern day. Chimney sweeping tools and techniques have improved with time to guarantee that your chimney will be much cleaner and safer than with the large bristle brushes that you recall from movies and TV.

Even though there are so many homes with chimneys, why does it seem like it’s so hard to find a quality chimney sweep company? When searching for a company that can provide professional chimney sweep services in Central Indiana, here are some things to consider.

Certifications and Credentials

Look for a chimney sweep company that employs certified chimney professionals. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) are reputable organizations that offer certifications for chimney sweeps. Certification demonstrates that the sweep has received proper training and has met industry standards. The Beck’s Chimney Sweep team is certified by these organizations.


Choose a company with a proven track record and years of experience in chimney sweeping and related services. An experienced company is more likely to have encountered a variety of chimney issues and will know how to address them effectively. Beck’s has been serving Central Indiana with chimney sweep services since 1977.

Reputation and Reviews

Check online reviews, testimonials, and ratings from previous customers. Positive feedback indicates a company’s reliability, professionalism, and quality of service. Ask friends and neighbors about chimney sweeps that they would recommend and why.

Schedule Your Central Indiana Chimney Service for Beck’s Chimney Sweep Today

Beck’s Chimney Sweep is your reliable chimney sweep service that provides homes all around Central Indiana with thorough services that will improve the ambiance of your home. Feel confident in your fireplace’s performance by talking to our team today to see what chimney solutions we can provide you with. We proudly serve homeowners across Central Indiana. Call us today to schedule a chimney sweep appointment in your home.

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