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Don’t Fall for a Scam! Research Your Chimney Sweep!

Chimney Sweep Scams Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsOpen the phone book and you can find dozens of mechanics, plumbers, construction companies, and more. When the price is right how do you figure out which company is best suited for the job? The chimney industry has become a large one as more emphasis has been placed on chimney safety in recent years, so finding the best company can be difficult. Just like other industries, there are a few things to look for when finding the professional for you.

Check Credentials

If you ask a chimney sweep company for credentials they should have no problem producing documentation. Most companies will even have such documents displayed on the wall. Since 1983 the standard by which chimney sweeps are measured is the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS). The CSIA standard stands alone in the industry for more than one reason:

Non-profit status

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to a mission of educating homeowners for chimney safety. CSIA is even governed by a body of volunteers who are industry professionals and technical experts. The best minds in the industry come together to provide the best services, standards, and instruction.

Code of Ethics

A CSIA certified chimney sweep and a chimney company that adheres to the standards of CSIA also follows a stringent code of ethics designed to protect homeowners from scams in the industry. If a member violates this code their membership can be revoked.


CSIA standards are regulated by the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, Office of Career and Technical Schools. This is the same standard that schools of technology must adhere in the state of Indiana.

Presentation and Professionalism

Something as simple as a company vehicle can tell you how serious a company is. If someone shows up in a beat-up, old car, you might want to rethink the appointment. Look for a company that has a professional presentation, a business vehicle, uniforms, and name tags.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts we can be dooped by false documentation and pretend-technicians. Avoid this experience by starting your search off right. Find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in your area. Pristine Sweeps is one of the only chimney sweep companies in Seattle that maintains a CSIA certification. This is a standard we have for all of our technicians, and our company is also a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), another standard you should look for when searching for a chimney company.

While so many scams are happening during the holidays, don’t fall prey to such things. Just as you protect your home and family by scheduling regular chimney maintenance, you should also protect your finances from scams and exploitation. Stick with the most trust company in Seattle, and choose Pristine Sweeps. In business since 2008, our team is passionate about the safety and comfort of our customers in Seattle and beyond.

Call Pristine Sweeps at 206-574-8414 or request an appointment online.

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We’re Now in Bellevue!

At Pristine Sweeps, we have been proudly serving the Seattle area since 2008. With the service of over 2000 chimneys under our belt, we are proud to announce our company’s expansion!

We will soon be opening a new location in Bellevue, Washington. Our new offices will be located at 12247 SE 55th Place in Bellevue, and our Bellevue office can be reached at (425) 326-1911. We are extremely excited to begin serving the Bellevue area and showing our new customers all that Pristine Sweeps has to offer.


About us

Founded by owner Aaron Woodward in 2008, Pristine Sweeps was founded with the mission statement “to provide superior service and ensure safety through our knowledge, education & integrity.” Because of our dedication to staying current on the newest trends in the industry, we are able to give our customers top-notch service while also helping them to learn about their own chimney systems.

Our dedication to service and education has also earned us the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2010, 2011, and again in 2013. We take the time to work with our customers, helping them to understand the work that is being done as well as any issues that may be found. We know that education our friends, neighbors, and customers will better care for their fireplaces and chimneys in the time between sweepings and inspections.

Our services

At Pristine Sweeps we strive to provide our customers with the best possible quality service and craftsmanship. We are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of fireplace and masonry services, as well as the sale and installation of quality stoves, fireplaces, and inserts.

In addition to sweeping and inspecting your chimney, our certified technicians are experts at troubleshooting chimney systems, identifying the causes of long term issues such as foul odors, leaks and water entry, or drafts. In addition, our masons can make a wide variety of chimney repairs designed to stand up against the over 37 inches of rain we receive each year.

In addition to our chimney and fireplace service and sales, Pristine Sweeps also provides dryer vent cleaning services. With over 17,000 house fires caused by blocked dryer vents each year, homeowners should consider adding dryer vent cleanings to their list of annual services.

The Pristine Sweeps difference

There are several things that set us apart from our competitors, but the most important is our desire to be the most highly qualify and highly educated chimney sweep company in the area. By focusing on continuing education, we are able to stay up-to-date with the most cutting edge technology and safety information in the industry. We take advantage of any available resources, including guilds, certifications, and trainings. We are:

Whether you are in the Bellevue or Seattle areas, contact Pristine Sweeps today to work with a top-notch company dedicated to excellent customer service. We look forward to helping you with all of your fireplace and chimney needs!