Our Story

Johnston's Chimney Sweep was started in February, 1979 by former owner, Jack Johnston. Jack was a 20 year veteran of the York County Fire and Life Safety Department.  Under the new ownernership of daughter, Kimber, we are a small, family-owned business operating under the highest of professionalism, ethical business practices, and unreserved honesty.

Our standard practice is to ensure the safe operating function of your fireplace and chimney flue.  We have a full-time technician with 14 years of expertise in the chimney sweep profession.  Through continuing education, our technician is current on the latest practices of the business.

Johnston's Chimney Sweep's first priority is that of the safety of our customers.  The initial inspection is to ensure your chimney and firebox are up to code and to investigate any safety issues that may need to be addressed.  At that point, we can then provide you with our recommendations.  With that, we service wood-burning and gas fireplaces, wood stoves, and dryer vents.  We do repair work on chimneys, flue liners, dryer vents, and fireboxes.  We install chimney caps, crowns, dampers, and dryer vent pipe. As our services and products are too numerous to list, it is recommend that you call our office at (757) 898-8232 to learn more and schedule your inspection.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards. Please call for current pricing information. We are licensed and insured.  All of our work is guaranteed.  We look forward to serving you and all of your chimney needs.

Meet the Team

Driving a small pick-up truck that carried a brush, toolbox, and the white pages, Jack Johnston set out to become a hometown entrepreneur.  Through the years, he built a team that he entrusted to carry out his ethical business practices and legacy. Either on the phone or on the job, the team at Johnston's Chimney Sweep will work to the best of our ability to meet your every need.

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Jack Johnston


As a York County Fire and Life Safety firefighter, Jack needed a side job.  He started Johnston's Chimney Sweep in February, 1979. Sadly, Jack passed away November 8, 2022 from complications of Vascular Dementia.

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Sherry Johnston

Manager, Retired

On April 17, 1983, Sherry and Jack wed and Sherry began managing Jack's business.  After 34 years of developing relationships with the customers, booking appointments, and running the office, Sherry officially retired in June, 2017.

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Kimber Matzke


After 15 years of teaching business in the classroom, Kimber officially joined the team fulltime in July, 2017.  In August, 2021 Jack officially transferred his membership of the business to Kimber.  She now holds the title of owner and sole member of the LLC. She is married to her husband, Thomas.  She has a son, Jordan, and a bonus son, Mason.


Chris Story

Foreman, Chimney Sweep

Chris joined the team in August, 2008.  Chris and his wife Megan have two children, Christopher and Caroline.