Who are we?
I am Terri Pocock and my husband is Rick Pocock. We are the very proud owners of Swede Chimney Sweep & Dryer Vent Cleaning. We didn’t start out as chimney sweeps. In fact, even as young adults, we never imagined that we would be in this industry and we never imagined that we would love our jobs as much as we do!
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.
Rick and I both had highly stressful jobs at that time, working 40-60 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, drama productions, and scouts.
We made it a home-based business. Although we were working more hours than our previous careers, our business allowed us the flexibility to work around our sons’ schedules and 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.
After more than 25 years, Rick and I continue to work in the business together. I work in the office and Rick is in the field. Because I’m also certified for both chimneys as well as dryer vents, I’m able to answer your questions, troubleshoot your problems and address your concerns.
Just recently we have added our son, Kyle Pocock, to our workforce. He attended the National Chimney Sweep School in Indianapolis and is now a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep as well as a Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician. To say we are incredibly proud of him would be an understatement.
This has turned out to be the best experience we could ever hope for. We thoroughly enjoy what we do. The best part of all is that we consider ourselves privileged to have such great customers which makes us truly grateful to do what we do.
~ Terri Pocock