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Are you looking for a flexible job opportunity? It allows you to:

  • control your schedule,
  • own your own business and,
  • provide a valuable service that helps people keep their homes and family safe.

You must be thinking about becoming a chimney sweep! If you think that chimney sweeping might be the right career for you, here’s what you should know.

Chimney sweeps perform a variety of services.Thinking About Becoming a Chimney Sweep Image - SirVent Chimney & Venting

The common vision of chimney sweeps is an ash-stained main toting a large, bristly brush. While the primary function of a chimney sweep is to keep is to clear away creosote and debris from people’s chimneys, most chimney sweeps do so much more than that. Most chimney sweeps also offer fireplace and chimney repair, as well as sales and installation of home-heating appliances. Many chimney sweeps train as masons so they can build fireplaces and chimneys and repair failing masonry on existing fireplaces. Some chimney sweeps also offer dryer vent cleaning services, as that utilizes the same equipment. Others offer gas line installation since that’s often a needed service for people installing gas fireplaces, gas logs or gas firepits. When you become a chimney sweep, you can tailor your services to offer as much or as little as you want to your customers.

There are groups to help you train!

Chimney sweeping is a big responsibility. Cleaning and inspecting chimneys the right way help to keep homes and families safe from dangerous chimney fires, and installing fireplaces, heating stoves and chimneys the right way is imperative. While that might seem like an intimidating possibility, there are plenty of trade organizations that will help you get trained and certified so you can be confident in your ability to clean, install and service chimneys and hearth appliances. Certification by the Chimney Safety Institute of America is a must for serious sweeps, and courses and certification also are available through the National Fireplace Institute.

Chimney sweeping is a great way to start your own business.

If you’ve ever thought of being your own boss, or even leading a team of employees, chimney sweeping might be the perfect career path for you. Of course, some chimney sweeps seek employment with existing chimney companies, but a great many chimney sweeps start their own businesses! When you start your own chimney sweeping company, you’re in control of the lineup of services you’d like to offer and how big you want your business to be. Whether you prefer to be a one-man chimney-sweeping operation or whether you’d like to make a mark on your local hearth services market and lead a team of chimney sweeps.

If you’re interested in becoming a chimney sweep and starting your own chimney sweeping business, be sure to check out SirVent Chimney and Venting Service! SirVent can answer your questions about training as a chimney sweep and running your own business and give you the support you need to get started.