Beware the Chimney Cleaning Scam Artist

It’s January and the snowflakes are swirling. The worst weather of the season will likely hit within the next two months. If you haven’t done so already, the sudden frigid temperatures could make you more inclined to get that fireplace and chimney primed for use. If that’s the thought running through your mind, make sure you avoid the chimney cleaning scam artist and hire a certified professional.

Unfortunately, some people use the severe weather shifts to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Residents of Bangor, Maine were recently approached by a fly-by-night operation showing up at their front door offering a cheap deal on a chimney cleaning. Upon what they were told was a thorough inspection, the homeowners were informed that they had a bad liner and couldn’t use their furnace again until it was replaced. The cost of this “life-saving” information: $1500 in cash, up front.

Reading this, you may think, “Well, I know better than to believe that kind of con game.” Hopefully, that is the case. But many people, whether they realize it or not, allow unsubstantiated, fear-based selling tactics to work. The fear of no heat or a fire hazard that could endanger loved ones is compelling. The best way to combat these con games is to be informed and proactive.

If you do intend to use your fireplace these next few months – and it’s been more than a year since your last inspection – give us a call. For more than 32 years, TJ’s chimney service has been providing central Indiana residents with unmatched service. You’ll get what you need at a fair price, backed by our professional guarantee. If a chimney cleaning scam artist does knock on your door, you’ll be prepared to send them away confidently.