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Thank you for your San Diego chimney sweep testimonials and reviews - MattMany thanks to all of my clients for writing testimonials and online reviews on my behalf. You represent the many clients who appreciate our San Diego chimney sweep service. We know that all of you spent considerable time and effort writing your testimonial and opening a Yelp or Google account.

“Thank you for your trust” – Matt Kastlunger

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Absolutely the best...

“In my opinion, Matt Kastlunger is absolutely the best San Diego chimney sweep we have hired in the last 30 years. Matt was referred to us by San Diego fireplace contractor Paul Walker from Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design. My wife and I were really impressed with the care and time Matt devoted to inspecting & cleaning our chimney and fireplace. He is very professional and thorough in his work. His detailed inspection revealed the presence of a small opening within our metal chimney flue which was a potential fire danger. We called Paul Walker immediately and scheduled a repair. Thank you soooooooo much Matt.”  – Nelson C.  (2014)

He came highly recommended…

“I highly recommend Mat. He is very well spoken and is able to clearly explain any issues and recommendations.  Matt is just a nice honest guy.  He came highly recommended from other professionals in the area that repair and remodel fireplaces and chimneys.  You can’t go wrong.” – Ross D.  (2014)

Very thorough…

“We have been using Matt for …8+ years. He’s so knowledge, kind, and kleen! Even though paying for chimney cleaning is right up there with other unfun maintenance costs, seeing Matt yearly and being able to pick his brain about fireplace related issues is so worthwhile! He’s neat as a pin, very thorough, and a prince of a man.” – H.K.  Jamul, CA.  (2014)

Excellent fireplace and chimney inspection and maintenance service…

“We’ve been referring our clients to this certified chimney sweep since 2007. Excellent fireplace and chimney inspection and maintenance service.” – Paul Walker – Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design (2013)

Very pleased with Matt’s professionalism…

“I wanted to take the time to write a review about Kleen Sweep. Matt came out and was very honest . He got right to work at looking at our fireplace. We havent used our fireplace in over 11 years so I was afraid they would tell me that it was dirty and need a lot of work. On the contrary, he told us that it didn’t need any sweeping and it was quite clean.  He was honest in telling us that it only needed a little dusting which he could do but he hinted that we could save our $ in dusting it ourselves since it was so minor. I really appreciated this considering we just had Christmas. He was courteous enough to give us a call before our appointment to let us know that he was running late, and he also called when he was on his way., which we greatly appreciated.   He also spent some time educating us on everything we needed to know on how to work everything properly and safely. Overall, we were very pleased with Matt’s professionalism, honesty and knowledge. We will definitely will use him in the future and highly recommend him to anyone.  Also, please note that he is one of the few people in San Diego that is a certified Chimney Sweeper.  Thanks Matt for your service !” – Lauren A.  San Diego CA.  (2012)

He is an honest person…

“We have had Matt Kastlunger owner of Kleen Sweep coming to our house to clean our fireplace for years, he now maintains our pellet stove , he is on time, polite, and cleans up his mess completely. My stove was not working and Matt was able to fix it without costing me any money! Matt is the type of person you would trust in your home even if your not there. He is an honest person and today that is hard to find.” – Wendy P.  (2011)

Leaves everything very clean…

“We’ve used Matt for at least 3 seasons, and we have a traditional fireplace, a wood burning stove and a pellet stove. He aptly services them all and has done some repair work where needed. Matt is very knowledgeable and honest, dependable, polite, and leaves everything very clean afterwards. He offers discounted pricing during the off season and will send out a yearly reminder for cleaning. We just found out we’ll be needing a new wood burning stove and he provided references and also said would be happy to provide feedback on any models that we come across prior to purchase. I hope you’ll try him out–you won’t be sorry!!” – H.K.  Jamul, CA  (2011)

Very happy with his work…

“Matt checked on our fireplace for the first time today.  He was honest and told us it didn’t need cleaning, but he had to fix a chain I’d broken.  He went up on the roof in the pouring rain! Matt seems to have integrity, and we were very happy with his work.  Nice guy, too!” – Jessica G.  (2010)

He gets the job done…

“Kleen Sweep–isn’t that a great name for a chimney sweep business?  My husband has been using this company for years, first a guy named Dale, then Dale and his apprentice, Matt, and now Dale has retired and Matt is “the Man”.  Every 2 or 3 years he comes out and inspects our chimney.  If it doesn’t need cleaning he tells us.  If it does, he gets the job done. He looks like a ninja when he works, with his black hoodie pulled up.  He brings in two huge vacuums, one to reach all the way up to the top of the chimney without having to go on the roof.  It has several 4′ extensions that he assembles to reach that high and scrubs the sides of the walls as it sucks the soot in.  The second is for cleanup around the area after he’s done with that.  He recommends if you burn one to two cords of wood per year that it should be inspected yearly.  The total was $135.  That covers his time, gas, vehicle, equipment, insurance and bonding, whatever it costs him to be in business.  He is a pleasant young man that we are comfortable having in our house.  See you next year, Matt!”  – MaryLou D.  (2008)




CSIA: Chimney Inspections Explained
CSIA HOME OWNER RESOURCES: > Chimney Inspections Explained
Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level as defined by the NFPA 211:

Level 1 inspections – If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level 2 Inspections –A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.

There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.

Level 3 Inspections
– A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.