What to Look for in a Chimney Sweep Company
Improper care and incorrect repairs to a chimney can result in carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney and/or house fires. Fire safety organizations recommend that chimneys be inspected and cleaned at least once every year. For these reasons, it is important to select a dependable and competent chimney sweep to perform the job.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you select a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. According to the CSIA, a chimney sweep that has earned and maintained the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credentials has demonstrated a professional commitment to chimney fire and safety.
The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), which promotes the success, professionalism, and ethical accountability of its members recommends additional questions to ask a chimney sweep company, in addition to the CSIA chimney sweep certification. The NCSG recommends that you ask the company how long they have been in business and if the company offers any current references. They suggest that you should also ask if the company maintains a valid business liability insurance policy that will cover your home and furnishings against any damage caused by accidents related to the process of cleaning the chimney. Also, the NCSG recommends that you check with the Better Business Bureau or your city or state consumer protection agency before selecting a specific company to determine if that company has any open or unresolved complaints.
Both the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America have .org websites and each has a section that can be used to perform a search of chimney sweeps in your local area. You can find them at http://www.ncsg.org or http://www.csia.org.
Another good tip for finding a competent chimney sweep is to ask the company or sweep to perform a Level 1 inspection in addition to the cleaning. The inspection should actually be part of the cleaning so there should be no additional charge for the inspection. In addition, a Level 1 inspection is an inspection based on the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard 211 for chimneys, fireplaces, vent, and solid fuel burning appliances. There are actually three levels of inspection associated with this standard and a good chimney sweep should be familiar with all three. If you ask for a cleaning with a Level 1 Inspection and the chimney sweep or company does not know what a Level1 inspection is, or wants to charge extra for the inspection, find a new sweep or company.Ron Nichols Here... and thanks for reading my Raleigh Chimney Sweep Blog. I am an expert at cleaning a chimney or fireplace.
Only one safe way to use your fireplace or wood stove it too have the chimney inspected every season and to take action should it need a chimney cleaning.
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