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Chimneys &         Dryer vents

"But my chimney looks fine from the outside!"

Even though your chimney may appear to be fine on the outside, there may be one or more of several problems on the inside.

§         Erosion

§         cracks

§         missing or falling pieces of clay tile

§         bricks or mortar

§         an excessive buildup of combustible creosote on the flue walls—

These are all problems associated with chimneys. Continued use of the chimney with out inspection and cleaning could cause further erosion, leading to illness, or loss of property or life.

There are many fires each year due to lint build up in dryers and dryer vents.  Our service contract program can put your chimney, clothes dryer vent or both on a regular maintenance program. You'll sleep better knowing you've significantly reduced the chances of experiencing a house fire.  We also clean refrigerator coils.   

D.S. Professional Dryer Vent and Chimney Sweep Service  512-264-2207 / 512-858-7366


Owned and operated by Patti Hicks-Chovan; Member of Chamber of Commerce in Dripping Springs, Buda and Lake Travis.

For over 30 years, we have been offering Dripping Springs, Buda, Kyle, Blanco and San Marcos areas first rate services.  We are professional chimney sweeps that have undergone extensive training that gives us the experience to do what we do best, clean and inspect your chimney and dryer vent.

We have expanded into the Lake Travis, Spicewood and Marble Falls/Horseshoe Bay area since my move from Dripping Springs to Lake Travis in 1995. We can assure you that our good name and reputation will be carried on.  We are family owned which means, you are a part of our family, too.  

If you have a chimney that needs to be inspected and cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us and set up an appointment.

“Reliable Service is hard to find – Call Us!”

512-264-2207 / 512-858-7366 (cell)


Chimney Sweeping

  • It is recommended you have your chimney swept and inspected annually. The primary reason for this is to aid in the prevention of fires related to fireplaces, wood stoves, gas, oil and coal heating systems and the chimneys that serve them. Wood burning appliances, in particular, require careful monitoring.
  • Another reason to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional is to prevent the possibility of noxious fumes from entering your home. A poorly maintained chimney can allow carbon monoxide and other dangerous gasses to leak into your home instead of exiting freely through the chimney.
  • Chimney sweeping removes the hazard of accumulated and highly combustible creosote produced by burning wood and wood products, eliminates the build-up of soot in gas-fired systems, gets rid of any bird, wasp, and animal nests, leaves and other debris that may create a hazard by blocking the flow of emissions from your chimney.
  • Not only are you getting your chimney cleaned, you’ll feel safer about fire prevention by looking out for unsafe conditions that can cause home fires or threaten you and your family with dangerous, unpleasant, or unhealthy indoor air quality.
  • With your chimney sweep service, you get a free inspection and evaluation of your chimney's performance. We will also give you any recommendations of any changes needed to improve the performance of your chimney, as well as tips about the safe and efficient operation of your chimney.

Chimney Caps

  • Beautify your home with a professionally installed copper or stainless chimney cap (lifetime warranties on our caps)
  • Protect your home by preventing sparks from emitting from your chimney
  • Cover you chimney to protect from rain damaged interiors and odors
  • Protect your home from raccoons, squirrels, birds, and rodents that enter your chimney and build their nests.
  • Protect your home from wind and leaves blowing down your chimney
  • Improve the enjoyment of your fireplace with a well drafted chimney


Chimney Repair

  • Damper repair or replacement with Damper-Cap
  • Masonry chimney repointing
  • Masonry chimney flue rebuilding or relining
  • Crown repair or rebuild or Custom Chase Covers
  • Fireplace repairs & sales (www.stoveinserts.com)
  • Ash Dump Door & Cleanout Door installation
  • Pressure Washing and Sealing with ChimneySaver (10 yr warranty)
  • Stovepipe replacement- (available online www.stovepipemart.com)
  • Flashing repaired with FlashSeal (10 yr warranty)



  • Stove installation
  • Fireplace insert installation
  • Liner installation
  • Chimney Cap installation
  • Cleanout door installation
  • Ash pit door installation
  • Dryer Vent installation




This is US!

Whether you need to get your chimney in safe condition for the next heating season or want to revitalize your clothes dryer with a professional vent cleaning, DS Professional Chimney Sweeps will deliver all the service you expect...and more. We employ the most advanced state-of-the-art dust-free HEPA cleaning methods to ensure that not a trace of soot or dust will be left behind. And you'll discover that the care and thoroughness with which we inspect and clean your chimney and dryer vent is second to none.

Our Services Include:





Everyone enjoys the soft crackle of a hardwood fire and warmth that blossoms from a fireplace on a cold December day. But few homeowners realize the vital need to clean their chimneys. And every chimney requires regular maintenance–a bird nest that blocks a gas-fired furnace flue can be every bit as deadly as the creosote deposits produced by a wood burning stove or fireplace.

How A Chimney Fire Starts: Every time you use your fireplace or stove, the burning wood deposits a thin layer of flammable creosote inside the chimney flue. If left unattended, these creosote deposits can accumulate to dangerous levels and erupt without warning into a dangerous chimney fire. The consequences can range from a whopping chimney repair bill to a deadly house fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 23,600 residential fires in 1996 were related to solid fuel appliances and equipment.

Don't Relax Because You Don't Burn Wood: Creosote build-up causes most chimney fires, but every chimney is potentially dangerous. Bird and animal nests or even fallen leaves can block a chimney and let deadly emissions from the furnace seep into your home. In 1996, over 100 people died in their homes from carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 5,500 house fires resulted from chimneys and chimney connectors serving heating systems burning liquid and other fuels. Don't make the mistake of thinking that an oil or gas furnace can't cause a fire.

Seven Good Reasons To Have Us Clean Your Chimney: There are many chimney sweeps who serve Austin, but after you experience our exceptional service, we think you'll agree that DS Professional Chimney Sweeps stands more than a cut above the rest:

  1. Meticulous, no short-cut cleaning: We clean the entire chimney, including tough-to-clean areas like the smoke chamber and smoke shelf that some sweeps neglect. 0ur typical cleaning session for a fireplace chimney takes 60-90-minutes versus the 30-45-minutes you'll experience with less careful chimney sweeps.
  2. We'll clean any chimney: You'll receive prompt, professional service (even during the busy Fall-Winter Season) for any type of chimney. We gladly tackle even the really tough jobs like huge walk-in fireplaces and heavy fireplace inserts.
  3. Dust-free HEPA cleaning: Our state-of-the-art August West System vacuums employ dual filters that deliver true HEPA filtration to keep soot off your floors and furniture.
  4. Fair and reasonable pricing: We don't base our price on the size of your home or the neighborhood where you live. Our free quotes totally reflect the type of chimney you have and the time it will take us to make sure your chimney is clean and safe.
  5. Trustworthy repair recommendations: You can be totally confident that any chimney problems we identify are real problems and not an attempt to sell you an expensive repair that isn't needed.
  6. Experienced owner operator service: Owner Patti Hicks-Chovan will personally clean and inspect your chimney or directly supervise this work. She knows that the safety of you and your family depends on the care and expertise she brings to your job. Why risk entrusting this responsibility to a low-paid, hourly worker?
  7. 100% Safety Record: No DS Professional Chimney Sweep customer who follows our recommended cleaning schedule has ever experienced a chimney fire. We're extraordinarily proud of this achievement because it really demonstrates the top-quality work we deliver to each and every customer.

We don’t just clean chimneys--our real mission is to give our customers the peace of mind that comes from having a clean chimney. Call us today at 512-264-2207 to experience the confidence and comfort of knowing you have a safe chimney.

Chimney fire aftermath




We offer a full range of chimney repair services from relining flues to installing chimney caps and energy saving top-sealing dampers.  We apply CrownCoat (15yr warranty) or CrownSeal (10 year warranty) a flexible Chimney Crown coating to assure a leak proof crown for many years to come.  We suggest a Heat Reflector to give more heat off the back wall of the firebox back to you.  It helps protect the firebox from detieration a hot fire can cause.   








Your Clothes Dryer Vent Requires Regular Maintenance: Clothes dryer vents or ducts accumulate lint in a similar fashion to the way plaque deposits build-up in human blood vessels. The result can be just as dangerous with over 14,000 house fires caused each year by clothes dryers. We've seen dryer housings that were packed with charred lint!

It's also common to find bird's nests inside the vents. Birds are attracted to the lint as a source of nesting material and may decide to build a nest inside the vent.

Often the first sign of a clogged vent is that clothes seem to take longer than usual to dry. Many people think their dryer is just getting old, but the real culprit is usually a partially or completely clogged vent.

Thorough Cleaning Methods: DS Professional Dryer Vent & Chimney Sweep Service goes the extra mile by performing procedures that less fussy cleaners ignore--steps like removing access panels to vacuum flammable lint from the dryer housing and making sure that electrical connections are secure. Why? Because It's these extra steps that prevent clothes dryer fires.

Call us today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning that will bring your clothes dryer back to its designed efficiency, reduce high utility charges and eliminate a dangerous fire hazard.  We also install and relocate dryer vents.

Other services:

Firefighter save house during clothes dryer fire








Your refrigerator works by transferring heat from the food compartment to the outside via air that flows over the cooling coils. If the coils are dirty, the refrigerator has to work harder and consume more electricity to stay cool. And refrigerator coils--especially those located on the bottom of the refrigerator--can get incredibly dirty. Most experts recommend that you should clean your refrigerator's coils every 6-months. More frequent cleaning is recommended for homeowners with pets that shed fur.

Many homeowners count on DS Professional Chimney Sweeps to supply this necessary cleaning service. So if you're too busy with life's other non-ending tasks to clean those dust-bunny attracting refrigerator coils, we will be happy to do it for you when we are already there.





Our Pressure washing service is covers most everything; Chimneys, roofs, siding, driveways, sidewalks, decks, docks, patio furniture and wood privacy fences, etc…

We will Pressure wash and seal your chimney with ChimneySaver!

ChimneySaver contains patented siloxanes small enough to penetrate most masonry pores up to 1/4" or more.  These special siloxanes form strong bonds with the silica in masonry and concrete.  Because of this bonding process, one application of ChimneySaver provides up to ten times the water repellent protection of typical sealers.

We Pressure wash with Safe Products!

When you need an effective, but safe product to clean your patio or driveway, your best choice is SoyClean's Driveway & Patio Cleaner. SoyClean is known for its ability to effectively clean concrete, brick or stone.  It removes everything from grease and oil to tar and dirt.

SoyClean Driveway, Sidewalk and Patio Cleaner is both SAFE and EFFECTIVE!

By softening the material to be removed, SoyClean, a natural, soy-based, non-toxic product, rinses away with water. Most other driveway and patio cleaners on the market are harsh, and even dangerous, to users and the environment. But, SoyClean contains no hazardous ingredients.

When you need an effective, but safe product to seal wood that also benefits from the protective capabilities of recycled polystyrene, your best choice is SoyGuard’s Premium Water Repellent & Wood Sealer.

Environmentally friendly wood care products for superior protection against water…

SoyGuard® Premium Water Repellant & Wood Sealer products are deep penetrating soy-based finishes and pressure treated lumber products developed to provide superior protection for exterior wood against water, swelling, warping, and weathering. Patented clean air formulas contain methyl soyate, a natural solvent derived from soybean oil that deeply penetrates the wood surface and encapsulates wood cells with a protective coating of recycled polystyrene.

SoyGuard® Premium Water Repellant & Wood Sealer offers a convenient, natural, and environmentally safe alternative to toxic and flammable finishes and water repellents. SoyGuard® Premium Water Repellant & Wood Sealer is non-flammable, does not contain any chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects, and contains virtually no volatile organic compounds, no hazardous air pollutants, and no ozone depleting chemicals.

Tough on Graffiti... Gentle on You!

When you need an effective, but safe product to remove graffiti, your best choice is SoyClean's Graffiti Remover. SoyClean is known for its ability to remove graffiti, inks, magic marker and paint, including “hard to remove” silver and black.
SoyClean is a natural, soy-based, non-toxic product that rinses away with water. Most other graffiti removers on the market are harsh, and even dangerous, to users and the environment. But, SoyClean contains no hazardous ingredients.

Call us for pricing on your individual job. 512-264-2207

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Our service contract program can put your chimney, clothes dryer vent or both on a regular maintenance program. You'll sleep better knowing you've significantly reduced the chances of experiencing a house fire. Our contract offers you the same price for services each year!  Think of the money you'll save—by locking your price in and avoiding price increases in the future.








CHIMNEY SWEEP ETC.COM offers a wide selection of chimney repair and maintenance products for the "Do It Yourselfer". Please use caution and the proper safety equipment when taking on chimney repair by yourself.


WindBeater Cap

Custom Rain Caps

Chimney Linings

FireStarter Gel





Flash Seal


Exhausto Caps

Outdoor Living





Cre-Away Treatments



Circulation Aids




Replacement Screens, Rods and Pulls

Heat Reflectors



Doorway Fans

Stove Paints



periscoping pipe

Periscope Pipes