About Us


Who are we?

I am Terri Pocock and my husband is Rick Pocock.  We are the very proud owners of Swede Chimney Sweep. We didn’t start out as chimney sweeps. In fact, even as young adults, we never imagined that we would be in this industry. We certainly never imagined that we would love our jobs as much as we do!

Our Humble Chimney Beginnings…

Swede Chimney Sweep was originally started in 1985 by some dear friends of ours. They named the business after his native country, Sweden. Nine years later, in 1994, they decided to move back to Sweden so we offered to buy their business.

At that time, Rick and I both had highly stressful jobs, each of us working up to 60 hours a week. We rarely saw our two sons who were toddlers at the time. We were looking for a different lifestyle that would allow us to focus more on our young family. This chimney sweep business gave us the ability to organize our work schedule around our sons’ many activities–school, sports, church youth groups and scouts.

As a home-based chimney sweep business, it also allowed us to be more active in their young lives. That parental involvement has paid off. Both sons became Eagle Boy Scouts and they are now successful adults who have turned into great young men that any parent would be very proud of.

Where we are now…

More than 30 years later, Rick and I continue to work in the business Rick, Terri and Kyle in chimney sweep uniforms in Santa Maria Maggiore, Italytogether.  I work in the office and Rick is in the field. Because I’m also a certified chimney sweep, I’m able to answer your questions, troubleshoot your problems and address your concerns.

In 2017, we added our son, Kyle, to our family business. He attended the National Chimney Sweep School in Indianapolis and is now a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and F.I.RE Certified Technician.  To say we are incredibly proud of him would be an understatement.  

What sets us apart…

What sets us apart from our competitors is that we are only one of two CCP Master Certified Chimney Sweeps in all of California.  In addition, we have the highest number of industry certifications than any other company in San Diego. Between the three of us, we currently carry ten certifications and are always striving to be the highest trained chimney sweep company we can possibly be.  Not only is that important to us but important for serving you.

Operating our family-run chimney sweep business has turned out to be the best experience we could ever hope for. We thoroughly enjoy what we do. Above all, the best part is that we consider ourselves privileged to have such great customers which makes us truly grateful to do what we do.

We look forward to serving you!

~ Terri Pocock



♦     As an award-winning chimney sweep company, having earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award for eleven years, we offer peace of mind to homeowners by providing quality maintenance and repair services at a fair price.

♦     Using a no-pressure approach, we promise honest workmanship and to never sell unnecessary work.

♦     Our goal is to educate our customers in the proper maintenance and safe use of their fireplace systems so that they can get the most enjoyment out of their fireplace.

♦     The safety of our customers is paramount and their satisfaction is our #1 priority.