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Questions to ask when selecting a chimney sweep:

  • Are you insured?
    • Professional chimney sweeps will carry the proper insurances to protect you and your home.
  • What, if any, certifications do you have?
    • Many professional chimney sweeps obtain certifications from organizations such as CSIA, CCP and NFI
  • How do you protect my home from messes?
    • Professional chimney sweeps will have clean drop-cloths/tarps, commerical soot-control vacuums, and other equipment to protect your home and belongings from messes.
  • Do you do an inspection of my chimney?
    • Professional chimney sweeps will inspect your chimney during the sweeping process. Inspections, play a vital role in maintaining your chimney and appliances. Tools such as mirrors, video cameras, flashlights, etc are used.
  • What type of paperwork will I receive?
    • A professinal chimney sweep will provide you with an invoice/receipt for the work completed, as well as documentation of the condition of the chimney.

What can I do if I have a problem with my cHIMNEY SWEEP?

Most of the time, just calling your chimney sweep and letting them know that you have a question or concern about the services preformed can provide a positive result for you and the chimney sweep.

"A professional chimney sweep will address your concern in a professional and timely manner."

If you questions or concerns are not addressed or resolved by the chimney sweep or their company you have a couple of options:

  • If your chimney sweep company is a member of The Pennsylvania Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps, please feel free to contact the regional director for your area. For a list of regional directors click here.
  • If you feel you have been ripped off or mislead by a "chimney sweep", Contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General - Contractor Site. They can work on behalf of a resident to help prosecute shady contractors.

8/28/2016

About Chimney Sweeping

What is a chimney sweep?

A  chimney sweep  or chimney cleaning should be a regular part of your home maintainence routine. Having your chimney swept is a vital process to protect your home from the possibility of a chimney fire occurring. A chimney sweep removes the combustible deposits called soot or creosote from your chimney by either brushing or using another mechanical tool to sweep the soot or creosote down.

What can happen if I don't have my chimney swept or inspected?

If you don't have your chimney swept or inspected often and you continue to use it, there is a greater chance of you experiencing a chimney fire. A chimney fire occurs when the combustible deposits called creosote that naturally build up in the chimney during use, actually catch on fire. This fire can burn extremely hot and fast. The heat can damage the interior of your chimney called the flue lining. The fire can transfer to other parts of the house, depending on the how the chimney is built and the length of time that the chimney is on fire.

Does sweeping my chimney make a mess?

NO, we care about your house and belongings. As a professional chimney sweeping companies ,we go out of our way to keep your house clean while we preform our chimney sweeping service. We lay down drop cloths and use industry-standard vaccums to protect the surrounding areas of the fireplace or woodstove.

Safety Information about chimneys:

Chimneys are an integral part of many homes. It is the chimney's responsibility to vent the hazardous gases that are created by your home heating appliance. It is of the utmost importance that your chimney is working correctly to ensure the safety of your family.

Many chimney problems, such as holes and cracks, in the masonry of the chimney go unnoticed until there is a problem that is very noticeable. Chimney problems can cause your heating furnace to stop working properly, fireplace smoke to come back into your house or cause water to come though your ceiling or walls.