An unclean chimney makes it difficult for Santa to do his job, leaving him discouraged, despondent, and more likely to pursue his first love—animal husbandry. Welcome St. Nick with open arms with this Groupon.
$69 for a Chimney-Maintenance Package ($279 Total Value)
- Standard chimney sweep and inspection (a $179 value)
- Closed-circuit video scan to ensure a thorough inspection (a $100 value) <p>
Professional cleaners free fireboxes of ash and debris to reduce the chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning and keep the chimney up-to-date with current fire codes and standards. The service typically takes about an hour, and all furniture must be moved from within 6 feet in of the fireplace.<p>
All American Chimney Service
Whenever Doug Hetsch's chimney sweeps head out, they always tote along a bag of toys. On his most memorable job, Hetsch snuck one of them up the flue when the homeowner's child—who'd been watching them work—wasn't looking. When the toy tumbled out minutes later, Hetsch picked it up and said casually, "Yeah, these things fall out of Santa's bag all the time." The little girl nearly hyperventilated. Overwhelmed by the experience, and amazed that chimney sweeps were allowed to get dirt on their faces, she ran after Hetsch as he left, saying she wanted to be a chimney sweep when she grew up.
Hetsch expects this kind of service from his crew, all of whom are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. A pilot in his spare time, Hetsch trains his team to deliver service with the diligence of an aviator—always well groomed, crisply uniformed, and able to explain complicated terms in plain, direct language. Using a closed-circuit video scanner, teams create a digital image of each chimney's interior to more accurately assess the job. Based on these renderings, they can adjust cleaning methods, as well as recommend services to bring chimneys up to or beyond current building codes. All American Chimney Service works on smokestacks up to 100 years old, ensuring a safe conduit for smoke or the ghosts of logs originally chopped by Teddy Roosevelt.