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How to Make Sure You Are Using the Right Chimney Company

When it comes time for fireplace maintenance or repairs, choosing the right company can often be the most difficult part of the process. Especially in areas with multiple chimney sweep companies, it can be hard to know who to trust. Some homeowners may choose to go with the least expensive company, get recommendations from friends, or simply go with the first company that appears after a Google search.

There are a number of factors homeowners should take into consideration before selecting a company to clean and care for their fireplace and chimney system. Below are just a few points to consider before hiring someone to sweep or inspect your chimney.


Do I need a certified chimney sweep?

If a homeowner chooses the cheapest company to clean their chimneys, oftentimes they are getting nothing more than a guy with a truck and a brush who does not truly understand the technical aspects of chimney maintenance. Instead, look for a chimney sweep that has a CSIA, or Chimney Safety Institute of America, certification.

A CSIA certified chimney sweep has had to undergo hundreds of hours of education and training to earn their certification. In addition, CSIA certified chimney sweeps must retest every three years in order to continue their certification. This means that they are up to date with the latest technological and safety advancements in the industry. CSIA certified sweeps have also signed a code of ethics, indicating that they are held to higher professional standards.

What to expect from a certified sweep

A certified chimney sweep will do more than just clean your chimney. During a chimney sweeping, their primary goal is the removal of creosote, a highly flammable byproduct of combustion reactions. They will also remove any ash, soot, or debris present in the flue. Most certified chimney sweeps will also perform an inspection, during which the will look at all accessible interior and exterior portions of the chimney and flue for signs of damage. If any deterioration is found, repairs can then be recommended.

A certified chimney sweep is a courteous professional who will make every effort to ensure that your interior furnishings do not get dirty during the chimney sweeping process. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have about the parts and functionality of your chimney and fireplace, and may even be able to evaluate the efficiency of your fireplace.

Questions to ask before hiring a chimney sweep

The CSIA has provided homeowners with a list of questions to ask potential chimney sweeps before hiring them.

  • 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?

By being better educated, homeowners can make an informed decision when it comes time to select the right chimney sweep company. Guaranteed Chimney Service is proud to provide “old fashioned reliable service” to our friends and neighbors in Long Island. Contact us today and let our company help you with all your fireplace and chimney needs!