Mike Scanlan started Family Chimney Sweep over 20 years ago as a side job to his duties fighting fires in Boston.

Mike knew the potential dangers a dirty or clogged chimney flue could cause, and wanted to make sure families in his city and beyond were safe during the cold season.

As a teenager, Mike’s son David used to tag along with his father and over the years learned first hand the ins and outs of the chimney sweep business.

Today, Mike and David continue to provide top-notch, affordable services for all your chimney and fireplace needs, including cleanings, repair and inspections.

Feel free to call Mike and David anytime at 800-821-1027

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January 17, 2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment


We get so many calls every week from clients who have objects stuck in their chimney.

We’ve pulled a lot of things out of chimney’s over the years.

Tree branches are very common, as are leaves and debris.

Animals, too, both dead and alive, have been found in people’s chimneys. It’s a great place for birds to set up shop, and in turn can make having a fire unsafe for your family.

Call Family Chimney Sweep today to set up an appointment. We’ll come right down and remove whatever is stuck in your chimney.


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January 17, 2011 at 8:24 am Leave a comment


A fireplace is a wonderful addition to any home, just as a dog or cat is, but many times the two interact and the result can be very unpleasureable.

For instance, have you ever seen a white cat covered in fireplace smoot? It ain’t pretty, and will cost a bunch to clean up.

Dogs are notorious for being inquisitive, and will poke their head into a fireplace if given the opportuntity for no real reason other than boredom. They’ll track their feet in the smoot and then parade around the house with a half-charred piece of wood in their mouth before discarding it on your bed.

You should always keep your pets away from the fireplace even when it is not lit.

January 15, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment


Sure, there’s a ton of snow out there and at this very moment its coming down like cats and dogs, but we at Family Chimney Sweep are willing to come to your house so that you and your family can have a safe fire!

Well, maybe not today since the roads are crazy, but tomorrow at the crack of dawn we will be out on the road heading to homes to clean fireplaces and chimney flues.

Call us and we can fit you in to our crazy schedule.

In most cases we can do all the work from the safety of your living room or basement, so it doesn’t matter how much snow we get ’cause we can still take care of business!

Call us today at 800 821-1027

January 12, 2011 at 10:56 am Leave a comment


Fireplaces are not just for visual pleasure.

They give off heat. At a much cheaper cost than other forms of heat, too!

Pretty much, you can heat your home using firewood for a fraction of the cost you’d end up paying using oil or gas heating systems.

Plus, it brings you back to the good ol’ days when buring wood was the only form of heat during these harsh New England winters.

Sure, its easier to just turn a dial and get heat, but at the end of the season when you’re trying to pay the outrageous bill you’d received you’ll think twice about not firing up the fireplace next year.

be sure to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned regularly!

Call us to set up an appointment, and we’ll be right over to save you money!

December 31, 2010 at 8:39 am Leave a comment


We feel badly when we show up at a new customer’s house and they tell us about their past experiences with other chimney sweep companies.

They were sold things they didn’t need for inflated prices.

The work they got was poor, sloppy and unprofessional.

They ended up forking over a small fortune for nothing!

Why? Because some other companies don’t care about the customer. They think the customer is stupid and will do whatever they say. Chimney Caps are expensive, and not everyone needs one. But ask some of the other guys and they’ll tell you different.

It’s quite sad to think that these people are being taken advantage of. We at Family Chimney Sweep promise to not rip you off, not sell you things you won’t need or want, and to always give you detailed information about the work we’re doing. You won’t be left out in the dark!

December 31, 2010 at 8:34 am Leave a comment


Many people don’t know that with today’s equipment a chimney sweep can still get most of his work done when there’s a ton of snow on the roof.

But we can!

The cleaning work on fireplaces can be done from the safety of your living room with special tools that allow us to remain safe while making sure your family is safe from a fire caused by a dirty or clogged chimney flue.

So just ’cause its snowing out there doesn’t mean we can’t come and clean out your fireplace.

It just may take us a little longer to get there, that’s all!

Feel free to call us anytime to set up an appointment

800 821 1027

December 27, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

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