OUR BACKGROUND: THE KEYSTONE OF CHIMNEY CRICKET
key·stone /ˈkēˌstōn/ noun
- a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together.
Chimney Cricket was founded nearly 30 years ago by a local mason named Phil Taggart, who had a passion for both masonry and thermodynamics. Phil was first trained as a mason’s helper in 1968 and spent two decades building fireplaces and chimneys all around Delaware County and the Philadelphia area. In the 80’s he came across an article written by “Sooty Bob” Daniels, extolling the many rewards of the growing chimney sweep industry. Seeing the opportunity to grow his masonry business, Phil visited a cousin in Gettysburg, PA who was already running a successful chimney service company. Soon after, Chimney Cricket, Inc. was launched right here in Delaware County.
Phil’s extensive background in masonry chimney construction became the keystone of Chimney Cricket. Even though the industry lacked formal standards and licensing until 2001, the combination of Phil’s