The heating season is almost upon us. Before you light a fire in your fireplace or heating stove, you need to have your chimney or venting systems inspected and cleaned – as well as repaired, if needed. Hidden heating system and chimney defects can lead to damaging fires and potentially deadly carbon monoxide poisonings.
Unfortunately, some chimney sweep companies out there may not have the licensing, training and expertise to do the job properly. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you hire a company that has trained and knowledgeable chimney sweeps to ensure the safety and efficiency of your home’s fireplace or heating stove.
To help you choose a chimney professional wisely, here are four things you need to find out when interviewing companies:
- How long has the company been in business? A company that’s been in business for five or more years has a proven track record. J.’s Chimney Service, located in Greenfield, Ind., has been in business for 35 years.
- How much experience does the company’s employees have? A properly trained chimney sweep has the know-how and skills to do the job correctly. Look for companies, such as T. J.’s Chimney Service, that have chimney sweeps certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This certification means the chimney sweep is knowledgeable in the care, maintenance and repair of all fireplaces and heating stoves and their chimneys and venting systems. Additionally, look for companies, like T. J.’s Chimney Service, that belong to the National Chimney Sweep Guild, which promotes professionalism, ethical conduct and ongoing education of its members.
- Does the company carry current business liability insurance? Liability insurance protects your home against damages, and you and the chimney sweep against injuries due to accidents. If the company doesn’t carry insurance, you would assume all liability. T. J.’s Chimney Service carries liability insurance for your peace of mind.
- Can the company provide references? A reputable company should be able to provide you with references from previous customers. Also, contact the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any unresolved complaints against the company. T. J.’s Chimney Service is a member of the local Better Business Bureau, and we would be happy to provide you with a list of references from our many satisfied customers.
If you need to get your fireplace or heating stove inspected and cleaned this fall, contact T. J.’s Chimney Service at 317-455-5310 to schedule your annual chimney inspection before the cold weather arrives.