1798 E. State Road 18 Brookston, Indiana 47923

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It took many years and campaigns before Parliament finally outlawed the use of "Climbing Boys". In 1864 Lord Shaftesbury brought in the "Act for the Regulation of Chimney Sweepers" which established a penalty for offenders.

In the early part of the 18th century various types of chimney cleaning methods were developed by an engineer from Bristol. Mr. Joseph Glass, is widely recognized as the inventor of modern chimney cleaning equipment, which has become universal even to this day. Glass designed and perfected the use of canes and brushes, which could be pushed and propelled up from the fireplace into the chimney above. Early canes were made of malacca and imported from the East Indies. Brushes were made of whale bone.

The other method of cleaning flues was the ball, brush and rope system which came from Europe. The brush was lowered into the chimney from the top. The weight of the lead or iron ball on the end of the brush pulled the brush down through the flue cleaning the chimney as the brush was lowered. This procedure is still widely used in parts of Europe today. With the Industrial Revolution and ever greater demand for coal production, chimney sweeps grew in numbers. In Victorian London, there were over 1,000 chimney sweeps serving the area.
The continued expansion of coal as the main fuel for domestic heating ensured that the sweeping trade flourished. This was right up to the early 1960s when gas began to be installed and replace coal as a source of domestic heating. The switch to gas continued in the seventies and many of the old established family sweeps retired or gave up the business. Until this period, sweeps had traditionally cleaned only coal, wood and oil chimneys. Public awareness of the need for clean, safe and clear chimneys was almost non-existent. Carbon monoxide poisonings from blocked chimneys began to be noticed.

Why did chimney sweeps wear tophats and tails? They are said to have most often gotten their clothing as cast-offs from funeral directors. The outfit was always a very practical black in color, and gave an air of distinction to a dirty, though necessary, job. Chimney sweeps often served double duty as the town's "nightman", whose job it was to clean out the privy. It is said that chimney sweeps wore slippers because they could be more easily removed, freeing the toes to aid their climbing grip.

Modern Chimney Sweeps
Modern chimney sweeps are trained professionals who not only sweep chimneys, but also diagnose service, and repair chimneys and venting systems that serve a full range of fuels, such as coal, wood, gas, oil, pellets, corn, and more. They install fireplace and hearth products, wood burning appliances, and reline damaged chimneys. Many even work with venting systems for natural gas appliances. They are pipefitter, electricians and carpenters.

Schools such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute help educate and certify chimney sweeps, while organizations such as the National Chimney Sweep Guild is a member based organization that helps promote chimney sweeping and educate the public on the need for safe, properly functioning chimneys.


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Certified Sweeps Chimney Professionals
1798 E. State Road 18
Brookston, IN 47923

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