Tips For Hiring a Chimney Sweeper
A fireplace can add a sense of luxury to your home, but knowing how to maintain it can be a daunting task. A professional chimney sweeper can be a great aid.
When a chimney is used regularly, it is advisable to have it inspected and cleaned annually by a chimney sweeper. To function properly, your chimney needs to be clean, in good condition, and clear of blockages. If neglected, chimneys are fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazards.
Though most states do not have requirements for licensing, insurance or, training, a professional chimney sweeper needs to possess the necessary skills and knowledge for his field like plumbers and electricians do for theirs. One of the best ways to find a good chimney sweeper to do your chimney sweeping is by referral from friends and family.
The best candidates should be experienced, certified, and affiliated with chimney sweeping trade groups. Chimney sweepers with industry certification will have the necessary training and the tools needed to do the job.
When interviewing candidates, be sure to ask them how long they have been in business and ask for references of past customers within the last year. When contacting references, ask them about the quality of service they received, their level of satisfaction, and whether they would rehire the chimney sweeping company. The local Better Business Bureau can be queried as well for any complaints against the candidates and how they were resolved.
People must also determine if a chimney sweeper is properly insured. A reputable sweeper will rarely need the insurance, but it is important that he has a policy that will protect you and your home from any damage and accidents.
A professional chimney sweeper will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns since he is looking to establish a long term relationship with a potential customer. He should present a clean and professional appearance with his uniform, vehicle, and tools. He should also show up on time for appointments and the job. If something unforeseen occurs, a professional will communicate as soon as he can if he will be late. If a sweeper strikes you as unprofessional, he will more likely than not be someone you will not want to let into your home.
Your chimney must be cleaned properly to ensure the safety and well being of you and your family. Don’t hire the first person you find, but carefully research a potential chimney sweeper to determine he is qualified to clean your chimney.