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Best Sweeps in New England

It takes a lot of effort, training, and experience to get to be the best in any industry. While we put in our fair share of work at Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep, we have to put credit where it’s due. A lot of our success is because of the great communities we have served for over 30 years. The communities of Boston, North Shore, and Portland are unique in their own right, are saturated with American history, and have the best of both worlds–big city necessities and small-town values. Once you visit, you’ll want to stay!

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To talk about your Boston chimney and hearth supplies, you may want to call our Boston office at 617-469-4528. For everything else Boston, you have to see it to believe it! This beautiful community has the finest museums, the oldest architecture, and the best of New England food, festivities, and features for all. 

Local Eats – You can dine in jeans or black-tie and still get the best Boston has to offer. Stop in at Neptune Oyster for clam chowder, fresh fish, and more.  Visit Fenway Park and walk in the same halls as Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Relive the iconic Revolutionary act with a tour of Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. If you newly reside in the area, scope out your favorite parks to picnic and play. Boston is a great family city, whether visiting or relocating. We even have dog parks for Rover!

North Shore

With all the big-city feel of Boston, but all the small town wonder of ivy, our North Shore communities boast history and culture as well as shore life. Explore the haunting true stories of those lost with a visit to the Witch Trials Memorial and Salem Witch Museum. Take the family on a learning experience at various area farms and finish with some fun at a trampoline park or recreation area. Danvers and North Shore area boast a variety of global cuisine, as well as American style soups and sandwiches, and fine Italian as well. You’ll never get stuck in a rut with all the options you’ll find here. 

Portland

The unique location of Portland makes it wholly unique to the rest of Maine. In terms of weather, Portland is a few weeks behind Boston, and a few weeks ahead of Northern Maine. You can find small businesses throughout the area, even downtown Portland, and as much seafood as you can possibly eat. The area has a variety of neighborhoods and communities, great for families, singles, students, and professionals. We love to work with all types of home and business owners, and Portland is full of life!

If you reside in any of our service areas and haven’t ventured out of the house all winter, now is a great time! The weather is getting more mild by the day, and depending on where you live, spring may be visiting before you know it. 

While you are planning your spring outings, don’t forget to also plan your chimney and vent maintenance. Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep specializes in historical chimneys and winter damage — both commonly seen in our area of New England. We can help you this spring. 

Call one of our offices to schedule with us today.

Boston: 617-469-4528

North Shore: 781-593-2333

Portland: 207-773-7933

Proudly Serving the Communities of North Shore

Home is where the hearth is.

Many would say the fireplace is the heart of the home. It’s definitely the focal point of most homes, and we strive to bring this magic into every home in and around North Shore–our home.

All About North Shore

It’s listed as one of the prettiest coastal areas in New England, and for good reason. Among the coastal villages and towns, you will find scenic beaches and vista points, moderate populations, and plenty to do! North Shore offers the perfect combination of big-city-availability, natural land, and living history.

Things to Do

Whether you’ve just moved to the area, or your vacationing on our North Shore, you can find a variety of fun and surprising things to do.

Explore

Sale aboard a schooner, fish in the open water, climb one of our functioning or historic lighthouses. You can learn more about and enjoy the schooner life by visiting Maritime Gloucester during business hours. Even residents who have long-called North Shore their home, have not seen all there is to see until they’ve seen microscopic sea creatures through a microscope, or held a sea star in their hands.

Dine Out

There are many fantastic restaurants in our community with great reviews, but you have to plan ahead for the one with the highest praise–high above the city, that is. Dine at the TOP of a lighthouse by reserving your space at the top of the Newburyport Lighthouse. The meals are catered by a chosen restaurant from nearby and planned ahead of time, and spaces fill up fast, so make sure you make your reservation now.

Sing on the Beach

You don’t have to do the singing when you walk the Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea. This unique beach is covered in sand that squeaks when you walk on it. You will have the most fun on Singing Beach if you arrive early, or visit during the off-season! It may be the perfect outing on a cool day.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

If you’re in Essex, you probably drive past antique shops that you might have never known were there! Along Route 133 in Essex, there are THIRTY antique shops, and you can find various opportunities throughout downtown areas, boardwalks, and shopping centers.

If you’re in the area of North Shore, we’re probably neighbors! We know all about our community, right down to the local safety codes. We know and work with contractors in the area, and we do our best to offer the best services to our community year after year.

The Importance of Chimney Maintenance in New England

The harsh winters that can befall our community is one thing to consider. Another is the coastal air. The minerals (salt) that come from the ocean water, deposit onto homes and chimneys throughout our service area. This air is corrosive and can lead to chimney damage if they are not properly maintained.

Contact Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep today so that we can get started helping you.

We Love Serving The North Shore

North Shore, Massachusetts encompasses the area between Boston and New Hampshire. The area is beautiful and coastal. Describing the North Shore must include a special and rich culture in addition to stunning and diverse geography. That’s why the entire staff of Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep loves serving the North Shore.

Here is a list of the cities and towns included in the North Shore area:

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  • Amesbury
  • Beverly
  • Boxford
  • Danvers
  • Essex
  • Georgetown
  • Gloucester
  • Groveland
  • Hamilton
  • Haverhill
  • Ipswich
  • Lynn
  • Lynnfield
  • Manchester
  • Marblehead
  • Merrimac
  • Middleton
  • Nahant
  • Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • Peabody
  • Rockport
  • Rowley
  • Salem
  • Salisbury
  • Saugus
  • Swampscott
  • Topsfield
  • Wenham
  • West Newbury

Geographically, the region has a rocky coastline, marshes, wetlands, beaches, and harbors perfect for recreation, wildlife, and inter-coastal commerce.
One of the best known cities in the North Shore region is Salem, well known for the tragic Salem Witch trials of 1962. The Salem Witch Museum provides an insight to that unique time in our history. The Peabody Essex Museum includes the Ying Yu Tang house which was originally located in southeastern China and depicts the life of the many generations of the Huang family who lived in the home for over 200 years. Gloucester, a fishing town, was venerated in “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger. Newburyport is the quintessential coastal town with a boardwalk, red-brick downtown, and active commercial wharf. The North Shore area includes activities such as whale watching and harbor cruises, beaches and lighthouses, theatre and restaurants, contemporary and historic architecture. And yet, there is so much more.

Sports fans of the North Shore breathe black and gold in honor of their beloved Bruins. Babies in the North Shore towns (or to parents who once lived in North Shore) are mysteriously born with a Red Sox logo tattooed on their chest. We’re kidding, but the dedication and spirit of Red Sox fans is undeniable. And no matter what happens, The New England Patriots will never lose favor with their devoted fans in North Shore even when the rest of country is badmouthing the team.

Patriotism is also abundant in the area. North Shore is the birthplace of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The Atlantic Ocean fosters international commerce as well as provides the freshest and finest seafood in America, which diners enjoy along with their favorite craft beer. Local breweries are abundant. Donut aficionados say the only donut worth eating comes from Dunkin Donuts. If you are lost and ask for directions, if you are told “it’s just past the Dunkin Donuts”, you better ask someone else. Dunkin Donuts is so popular in North Shore you will find one on practically every street.

Residents of North Shore speak with a unique Revere accent. The surest way to unintentionally insult a resident of the North Shore is to remark on their “Boston” accent. It’s not Boston; the speech pattern is a local dialect exclusive to the North Shore.
Ultimately, it’s the people who make the North Shore so special, it’s always been about the people and always will be. Past and present residents of North Shore are strong, determined, loyal, full of community spirit, enterprising, generous, and fun loving. The people of North Shore have learned from the mistakes of their ancestors and work diligently to secure a prosperous and praiseworthy future for generations to come.

“We love serving the North Shore”, is the mantra of the team of Billy Sweet Chimney Service and are proud to bring our chimney services to its residents.