Monday, January 16, 2012

SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services in VA Features New Safety Device to Help Keep Dryer Vents Safe and Efficient

SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services, a leading provider of dryer vent cleaning and repair services in Northern VA, continues its commitment to dryer vent safety and efficiency by offering the installation of the LintAlert® dryer safety alarm.


PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 15, 2012 – SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services LLC is a full service chimney sweep company and a leading provider of professional dryer vent cleaning and repair services in Northern Virginia. To further promote the importance of dryer vent safety and efficiency, we are pleased to now offer our customers the sale and installation of the LintAlert® dryer safety alarm.

"We are keenly aware of the importance of routine dryer vent cleaning in ensuring the safety and efficiency of your dryer. To assist homeowners in better monitoring the safety and efficiency of their dryer vent system, SweepMasters now offers the installation of the LintAlert® dryer safety alarm."

According to the US Fire Administration, 15,500 dryers catch fire
every year. With the LintAlert® continually monitoring your dryer's health, you'll help reduce those statistics and gain peace of mind knowing that your dryer is safe and efficient.

The LintAlert® helps improve home safety by monitoring the dryer exhaust system for problems. The onboard computer continually checks the dryer vent's airflow and tells you exactly when attention is needed. As lint naturally builds up over time and restricts airflow, LED indicators progressively illuminate to show how efficiently your dryer is operating. As the light indicators progress, the LintAlert® provides reminders when the system needs to be cleaned for best energy efficiency and safety. If the vent is not cleaned, airflow restriction can become dangerous. This could be a result of either normal lint build-up in the dryer duct, kinked or crushed dryer connection hoses, or a blockage at the exterior dryer vent hood. When this happens, an alarm is triggered to signal an alert that there is a problem that needs immediate attention.

""The addition of the LintAlert® dryer safety alarm to our portfolio of home safety and energy-saving services demonstrates our continuing commitment to helping our customers maintain and improve their home, safety and quality of life."

The LintAlert® dryer vent alarm is intended to work together with the regular inspection and cleaning of the dryer vent system to ensure its continuing safety and efficiency and is not intended to replace annual professional inspection and cleaning of the dryer vent. It does, however, let the homeowner know if there are sudden changes that require immediate service or if efficiency can be improved with more frequent cleaning.

To find out more about the LintAlert® dryer vent alarm, visit

SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services LLC is a complete chimney services company providing a full range of expert chimney care as well as complete dryer vent cleaning and repair services. We are an authorized installer of the LintAlert® dryer alarm system. We serve homes throughout Northern Virginia, including: Annandale, Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Great Falls, Herndon, Lorton, Manassas, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, South Riding, Sterling, Vienna, Woodbridge and other nearby communities in Northern Virginia.

To find out more about SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services LLC visit our website at

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa's Recommendation.. brought to you by the National Chimney Sweep Guild

The National Chimney Sweep Guild recommends having your chimney inspected at least once a year and swept as necessary... for Santa's sake!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Chimney Safety Institute of America Reminds Homeowners that Preventative Maintenance Can Save Money and Homes

September 30, 2011 - While many homeowners are struggling to keep up with regular home maintenance expenses this home heating season, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) shares the reminder that saving money in the short term by delaying routine maintenance may mean additional expense in the long run. Preventative maintenance is one way to keep down the cost of keeping your home safe and warm this season. The Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fire Protection Association both recommend that homeowners call a qualified professional for an annual chimney inspection. Only a qualified professional, like a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® will be able to identify and resolve structural and maintenance issues before potential carbon monoxide intrusion and chimney fire hazards risk your time, health or money.

Qualified chimney professionals do much more than simply run a brush up the flue. A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will identify and help address installation issues, identify possible venting issues, provide needed maintenance and they will help you identify ways to operate your heating appliances more efficiently.

In addition to encouraging that chimneys and vents are inspected on an annual basis and maintained as needed, CSIA also recommends the following winter heating safety tips:

• Test your firewood’s moisture content. Well-seasoned firewood, with an average moisture content of 20-25 percent, is easier to start, produces more heat and burns cleaner. An inexpensive handheld moisture meter, available at home improvement stores or local specialty hearth retailers, will allow you to test your own wood. In a pinch, you can simply bang two pieces together. When two pieces of seasoned wood are banged together, they make a “clunk” sound. When two pieces of green wood are banged together, they make a “thud” sound. (Learn more about how to select firewood.)

• Learn the language of your chimney and fireplace to level the playing field. The interactive fireplace glossary at outlines the thirteen most important terms you need to know to communicate with any professional chimney sweep. The site also offers short presentations on the chimney sweeping and inspection processes.

• Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. In addition to having your chimney inspected annually, experts also recommend installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Place detectors in hallways or other large areas of the home where they can measure overall general atmosphere and where they will be most likely to alert you in the case of an emergency.

Annual chimney inspections and chimney maintenance is best left to a qualified chimney professional like a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. The Chimney Safety Institute of America administers the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep program by which chimney sweeps prove their technical aptitude by passing a series of two exams on industry codes and standards and by signing the CSIA Code of Ethics and maintaining a required level of continuing education. Learn more about chimney safety and locate a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in your area by visiting

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The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety. CSIA is committed to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property. To achieve these goals, CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney and venting professionals and other fire prevention specialists about the prevention and correction of chimney and venting system hazards. The CSIA sponsors National Chimney Safety Week each year during the week prior to NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week. This year, National Chimney Safety Week is October 2-8, 2011.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chimney Sweeps are Back in Vogue

When President Obama spoke to the nation in early September about his job creation plan, writers at The Street had already started doing their homework. Chimney sweeps were among the "5 Old-School Jobs That Are Back in Vogue". Other jobs included milkmen, cloth diaper service, butchers and barbers.

According to the article, the chimney sweep trade is making a comeback and is even experiencing job growth due to new and growing demand. "Chimney sweeps are still very much in demand," says Melissa Heeke, spokeswoman for the National Chimney Sweep Guild. "In fact, with annual chimney inspections recommended by a growing number of authorities, chimney service is here to stay."

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services Launches New Mobile Website

We are pleased to announce that SweepMasters Professional Chimney Services LLC has
launched a brand new mobile website to help us get closer to our customers and to serve them better. SweepMasters Mobile provides a platform for us to share all the important details regarding our services in a website that has been specifically optimized for mobile phone users having internet access.

The mobile website was built with the mobile customer in mind. Our mobile website makes it easier and faster for customers to access useful information on our many services from their phones. We have included our most-useful web pages arranged in five categories. In our mobile website customers will find detailed information about the services and products that we offer, as well as other useful information such as discount coupons and contact details. There is even an online contact form and an appointment scheduling form that customers can submit to conveniently contact us and book appointments while on the go.

“As the number of customer using smart phones to access information continues to increase, it’s very important that we provide the information they need to make service and repair decisions while on the road. Our user-friendly mobile site will enhance the customer experience and provide the tools they need to connect with us for the service, repair, and customer support information that they need."

We are fully dedicated to providing the best possible service at every point to all our customers. We want to not just meet, but far exceed our customer´s expectations when it comes to customer service and support. Our mobile website is just another way to help us do just that.

SweepMasters Mobile is available to any smart phone user at To view the mobile site from a regular computer, visit the link on our company home page at

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Annual Chimney Inspection Appointments Encouraged During National Chimney Safety Week September 26 – October 2, 2010

The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) reminds homeowners to schedule annual chimney inspections before using fireplaces and wood stoves this season. Annual chimney inspections allow the chimney sweep to note cracks, creosote buildup or other obstructions which may diminish the functionality of the system and create an environment where chimney fires or carbon monoxide intrusion are likely.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) estimates that 25 percent of home heating fires are caused primarily by creosote buildup in the chimney. NFPA additionally recommends that all chimneys serving gas or wood-burning appliances are inspected on an annual basis.

NCSG encourages homeowners to hire professional chimney sweeps with verifiable memberships, credentials and insurance. NCSG members have access to the latest training and equipment used in the industry and have agreed to abide by a formal Code of Ethics. Homeowners may locate an NCSG member company by visiting

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The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit trade association existing to promote the success of its members by providing progressive services, encouraging professionalism and ethical accountability, and advancing the chimney and venting industry through public awareness of the trade.