Hiring a Chimney Sweep

Most people use their fireplace year after year, giving no thought to the grim that is building up along those chimney walls.  Think about it, when was the last time you had your chimney cleaned?

If you are thinking about hiring someone to clean your chimney, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends you ask these questions:

How long has the chimney sweeping company been in business?

Does the company offer current references?

Does the company have unresolved complaints filed within the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?

Does the company or individual carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect your home and furnishings against accidents?

Does the company ensure that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on the job site?