All About Sootaway

Sootaway Chimney Sweep and Fireplace Repair Company have over 100 years of experience. As a local company, we pride ourselves on being honest and trustworthy. ​We serve areas in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 

Our pride comes directly from our confidence in our ability to give you the best possible service in the industry. Our team members strive to be the most polite, efficient, and professional performers that they can be.

The Sootaway Team has worked with lots of amazing customers and business owners. As a result, we’ve gained a wealth of experience and knowledge that allows us to address so many issues.  Above all, we work to offer the best chimney service in the area.

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6 Reasons to Book a Spring Chimney Sweep and Inspection

Spring is finally here! As warm weather approaches, another burn season is coming to an end. It’s time to give the fireplace and chimney a rest until the next crisp autumn evening. But, that doesn’t mean you should forget about your fireplace just yet. Here’s why you should add a chimney sweep and inspection to your spring cleaning to do list.  Give Your Fireplace a Fresh Start   During the chilly months, a fire is a great way to warm up and create some cozy ambiance. However, all that wood burning fills your chimney system with soot and creosote. Scheduling a chimney sweep and inspection will take care of any mess in your fireplace and chimney, so that it’s nice and clean when it comes time to light that first autumn fire.  Beat the Fall Rush  Dropping temperatures signal that fireplace season is coming up. Many homeowners wait until just before the first fire of the season to get their chimneys checked out. Fall and winter are the busiest and most hectic seasons for chimney service...
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Is it Time to Replace Your Chimney Liner?

The Importance of the Flue Liner The flue liner, also referred to as the chimney liner, is a vital element of any chimney system. In fact, they are one of the most important reasons annual chimney inspections are recommended. What makes a flue liner so important? The liner creates a barrier between the flue and the chimney walls. When working correctly, flue liners protect your chimney from extremely high temperatures. Without a liner, your home is at a much higher risk of fires. Not only do flue liners protect the inside of your chimney, they also protect the outside. Bricks and other materials used to build chimneys can weaken over time due to high heat and soot buildup. Damaged chimneys are at a higher risk of chimney fires and can accumulate even more damage if not taken care of. Because there are so many factors that can damage your chimney, it is vital that you have your chimney inspected regularly. Regular inspections ensure that the liner is working properly.  Signs You Need...
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Rainy Season Is Heading For Your Area

The pleasures and warmth of fires tend to blind homeowners. While distracted, homeowners, tend to forget to sustain the warmth is the proper maintenance through a trusted chimney company. A well-respected chimney company will be frank on the condition of the chimney's vulnerability to weather conditions leading to deterioration. When owning a chimney, there somethings that customers do not think about. One is the build-up of creosote. Creosote that is build-up on the chimney lining is the main leading cause for chimney fires. The moisture acts as the biggest hazard for a chimney. Ultimately, if the water is not handled, then it will lead to a chimney fire or a house fire. The damages from moisture could cost the chimney system repairs. Mortar & Flashing Mortar is the sealant on brick chimneys; this is less durable than masonry only. When the mortar begins to crumble, flake off, or decay, this means that moisture easily seeps into the masonry. In the winter, the masonry will...
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An Unexpected Guest In Your Chimney?

Humane Animal Removal Did you just hear chirping, scuffles, the flapping of feathers, or any other sounds that critters make? If so, then you're in the right place. First of all, do not smoke them out! Instead, take the humane way and call SootAway. We provide a humane animal removal service. We will remove all animals and birds of all kinds out of your chimney for the safety of you and theirs. Well, by law, we cannot remove chimney swifts because they are federally protected. Those will need to be discussed with local wildlife officials. Why Do These Animals Nest in Chimneys? You might be wondering what other animals would willingly choose to nest in a chimney? Well, there are a few well-known others that do include: raccoons, bats, and squirrels. These animals use your chimney as a form of shelter from the elements and to nest their young. Unfortunately, baby birds and young animals will fall to their deaths or get trapped inside resulting in their death. Basically, this is not a...
Hurricane Sally Chimney Damage

Do you have Chimney Damage from Hurricane Sally?

We all know the damages leftover from hurricanes and flooding. Tropical storms and hurricanes bring high winds that can tear up chimney flashing, chimney caps, and chimney crowns and influence the bricks to chip. While stacks are normally sufficiently able to withstand the awful climate, they additionally have higher exposure to them. Strong winds joined with a hefty downpour, and debris made both surface and basic harm to structures including rooftops and chimneys. Along with bringing down trees and powerlines, strong storms often damage chimneys. Sitting at the top of the roof, the chimney is especially vulnerable to damage from heavy rain and high winds. We have even seen chimneys that were struck by lightning. The severe wind combined with the saturated ground can cause a chimney to rotate away from a building where the chimney and roof meet. After a storm has passed, you may not be sure whether the stack needs to be fixed or not. In the event that you haven't had a chimney...

The Menace of Leaks

Recently noticed water around your fireplace, chimney, or surrounding area? You probably have a leaking chimney on your hands, which can be a bump in the road for you and the comfort of your home and everyday life. However, A leaking chimney does not always manifest itself in obvious ways. Many homeowners falsely assume that all leaky chimneys present themselves as visible water in the fireplace or flue, but chimney leaks can originate from a few different places. If you have seen splits or cracks in your chimney, disintegrated mortar joints, and damaged stonework, it is likely that moisture is entering into the chimney. One of the most widely recognized causes for leaks is the flashing. Flashing is the area in which the metal sheets around the chimney and roof meet and is intended to be introduced in defensive layers. The spot in the rooftop where the fireplace leaves the house is one of the weakest zones with regards to water damage, and if the flashing is not carrying out its...

How To Prepare for a Major Storm

When a major storm hits your area, you may encounter some structural damage in your home, including to your chimney. While chimneys are normally able to withstand the elements, they are not indestructible. The fierce winds, heavy rain, and flying debris associated with hurricanes can cause both surface and structural damage to chimneys, and the full degree of the wreck can be hard to observe with an undeveloped eye or without exceptional hardware. Chimney damage is not always simple to identify. In the event that we don't know what precisely to pay attention to, in any case basic issues may appear straightforward corrective deformities. Indications of tempest harm to a workmanship smokestack may incorporate block pieces or full blocks lying on the ground or on the rooftop, new breaks in the fireplace, or smothered areas of the stack. Harm to mortar joints among stonework and fireplace, broken or debilitated liners, tops, crowns, or potentially brickwork are normal issues. Rooftop...
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Helpful Chimney Terms

When conversing with an expert in any field can be scary particularly if you do not comprehend the phrasing being utilized. Your chimney and fireplace framework comprises of various segments that cooperate to give you warm and comfortable fires. There are a wide range of words or terms that chimney sweeps frequently use and When something goes wrong with your chimney, it is especially useful to know the names of those components. There are a couple of key terms that may be talked about. Look at the most significant chimney/fireplace terms beneath! Ash - The white/grey powdery buildup left when flammable material is completely scorched or is oxidized by compound methods. Ash Dump - An opening at the base of the chimney through which ashes may be dumped. Ash Pit - Storage for ashes, situated in the fireplace base B Vent - factory-built, double wall metal pipe for venting gas apparatuses with draft hoods and different appliances listed for use with Type B Gas Vent. Blower - An electric,...

A First Class Chimney Company

  When working in the chimney industry as long as we have you amass a large reputation. Here at SootAway, we pride ourselves on our customer's safety, honest pricing, and the quality of our work. What other companies seem to forget over the years is that customers are the most important part of any business. With this idea as our main philosophy, we have proudly been serving the emerald coast for over forty-one years and counting. But don't take our word for it take Home Advisors! Winning the Best of HomeAdvisor award for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (Working to earn the 2020 award) our company strives for perfection.         Another goal of SootMaster is to prevent damage, save lives, and homes by providing no-cost, ad-free tips, and information through our blogs. Recently our blog was added onto The Top 25 Chimney Blogs. This verifies us as one of the best chimney sweep information outlets in the world. Our blog provides weekly content on new chimney...
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Chimney Sweeping History

1600's - 1800's Chimney sweeping is a practice that dates as far back as the early 1600’s. Chimney sweeping and maintenance became in high demand more than ever after The Great Fire of London in 1666 due to more regulations being put into place. One of which was having narrower chimneys which launched the mass usage of children in chimney sweeping.  Poor parents usually sold their kids to a master sweeper and became “apprentices”. Child apprentices were forced to be inside and clean chimneys as narrow as 19”.  Children were forced to start as young as four years old with the ideal age being six years old. The use of children in chimney sweeping was prohibited in 1875 after a child got trapped in a chimney and died. This started the use of cleaning devices instead of people. The devices were rudimentary with the most complex one being a heavy lead or iron ball tied to a rope that they banged against the side of the flue pipe. 1900's to Present Day During the 1960’s fireplaces were no...

Hurricane Season: Protect Your Home

Water Entry on a leaking chimney. As the temperature rises, summer closes in. Brace yourself, this is also the same time that hurricanes frequent the lower eastern coast of America. Fortunately for you, our service areas cover a considerable area of the east coast. Hurricane season, which starts on July 1st and ends on November 30th, usually brings menacing storms that have the potential to cause major damage. We have some tips and advice for you this hurricane season to help you protect your home. Rain and water are some of the most corrosive materials, especially when unattended for long periods of time. Chimney leaks are one of the most common issues we find when performing a chimney inspection. Chimney leaks can cause mold inside the chimney, which causes a foul odor and is harmful to breathe. A water leak can also mix with the sooty build-up, or creosote, causing acidic cracks. A chimney cap is an easy, low-cost, install to stop these problems at the source. Do I Need a Chimney...

Leaking!!!

If you live along the Gulf Coast you know that we get a lot of rain. In fact, we get more rain than anyplace in the country. Rain is a big deal when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, "water, not fire, causes most chimney damage." "Whether masonry or factory-built," says the CSIA, "prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide." Fireplaces, Chimneys, and Leaks In basic terms, the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints. Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture -- remember all that Gulf Coast rain -- can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is...

Chimney Leak Issues

  What causes chimney leaks? Although chimneys look like simple brick or stone columns, they are actually complex structures with a number of different pieces and parts. Because the chimney is constantly exposed to the elements, its masonry is at greater risk for damage and breakdown. The following are some of the most common causes of chimney leaks. Chimney cap: The chimney cap protects the top of your flue from water entry, as well as animals and debris. Without a properly fitted chimney cap, the flue and fireplace are left completely exposed to water entry from rain. Flashing: Flashing is the watertight strips that seal the seam between your roof and the chimney structure. If the flashing is incorrectly installed, damaged, or merely loses its seal due to wear and tear or age, water can easily seep through any gaps. This can cause water damage to not only the roof and chimney but also the ceilings and walls around the chimney. Masonry damage: If one side or part of your...
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5 Common Chimney Leaks and how their Caused

Chimney leaks are a common problem often caused by several reasons. Chimney inspections are particularly important because they can help detect leaks early enough before they become worse. Here is what you can do to fix chimney leak issues. Chimney Leaks Cause #1: Your Chimney Lacks a Cap or Cover One of the major causes of a leaking chimney is that the chimney does not have a cover or cap on it. When your chimney has no cover on it, it is exposed to rain, debris from leaves, as well as animals. Consequently, several animals can enter or fall straight down inside. As well, a chase cover or cap can protect your chimney from rain and snow. While a blocked chimney can lead to a chimney fire, a clogged chimney does not release smoke which leads to possible carbon monoxide poisoning. To solve this, we recommend getting a chimney cap or cover. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Chimney Leaks Cause #2: Worn Out Bricks and Mortar Joints The mortar and bricks on your chimney...

My Chimney Is Leaking – Help!

Uh oh.Water is coming from somewhere, and it looks like the fireplace is the culprit! If you fear your chimney is leaking, it’s best to call in a professional chimney sweep right away to address any necessary repairs.The sooner you get it done, the less overall damage you’ll end up facing. Not to mention, your fireplace will thank you! Dangers & Damages Behind A Leak So, what happens when a leak continues to occur? Unresolved water issues are a serious problem when it comes to your masonry chimney. Brickwork may seem strong and impenetrable, but it’s more like a sponge than you may think! It easily soaks in any excess water your system is exposed to, which causes it to break down a lot quicker over time. You’re looking at a much weaker structure in the long run, and you’ll be forced to invest in costly and time-consuming repairs.Along with this, water exposure leads to a lot issues throughout your chimney system. Rust, rot, stains, clogs, and cracks are just some of the many...
Chimney Leaks

Chimney leaks

Fall is a great time to get the fireplace ready for winter. Attending to those irritating chimney leaks is the best place to start. As this is not an area of the home which sees a lot of traffic or that gets used very often, chimneys require a thorough maintenance check once a year. Considering that a chimney leak could have numerous causes, it is helpful to understand the root of these problems. Faulty Chimney Flashing The part where the chimney and the roof of your house meet is sealed off with flashing. This material can be aluminium, steel copper or PVC. Each one is suitable for different climates, geographical areas and also for different classes of construction. The most popular form of flashing is aluminium, which can last more than 20 years in some cases. However, over time this material will start to deteriorate, and gaps will appear between the brickwork of the chimney and the actual flashing material. A chimney leak can be fixed by attending to damaged flashing. It is best...