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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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The Great City of Seattle

Here at Pristine Sweeps, we love the great city of Seattle! Our founder Aaron Woodward was born here, and our company was started and continues to grow here. Unlike other seasonal companies, we both live and work in the communities that we serve. We love helping our friends and neighbors keep their fireplaces and chimneys in excellent and safe condition!

The Pacific Northwest is known for its unique weather – specifically the rain! Because we are from the Seattle area, you can trust our certified chimney sweeps to understand the unique challenges facing fireplaces, chimneys, and other masonry structures in this part of the country. Don’t just let anyone work on your chimney; trust the local experts at Pristine Sweeps!


About us

Founded in 2008 by Seattle native Aaron Woodward, Pristine Sweeps is proud to have cleaned over 2000 chimneys in the Seattle area! Our mission statement is “To provide superior service and ensure safety through our knowledge, education & integrity.” We do our best to live up to our mission statement by providing our customers with exceptional service no matter how big or how small the job is. Likewise, we take the time to help homeowners understand what is going on with their chimney systems, helping them become more informed consumers.

Our services

At Pristine Sweeps, we are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of fireplace and chimney services. Whether you need a routine chimney sweeping, a major fireplace repair, or anything in between, Pristine Sweeps is the company for you.

In addition to our fireplace, chimney, and masonry services, we also sell and install a variety of stoves and inserts. By buying your new heating appliance from a true fireplace company, you can rest assured that you are getting the best appliance to fit your family’s home and heating needs. Additionally, we also offer dryer vent services, we can improve your dryer’s performance and help prevent dryer fire.

Why choose Pristine Sweeps

We know that choosing a chimney sweep company can be difficult, especially in an area as large as Seattle. However, we are confident that Pristine Sweeps can provide you with the best chimney and fireplaces services in the Pacific Northwest!

One thing that sets Pristine Sweeps apart from our competitors is our dedication to continuing education. We are one of the only chimney companies in the area to belong to the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) as well as attend the five day National Chimney Sweep Convention every year. Likewise, we also employ one of the area’s few Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweeps. These memberships and certifications ensure that our technicians are up to date on the latest developments in safety and technology in the fireplace industry.

We love the great city of Seattle and are proud to be a part of this community. Because our certified chimney sweeps both live and work in the area, we are well versed in the unique challenges facing chimneys and fireplaces in the Pacific Northwest. To use a local company that prides itself on high quality workmanship and customer service, contact Pristine Sweeps today to schedule an appointment!