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    How to hire a chimney sweep

    submitted by Matt Halper, Owner, American Chimney www.americanchimney.net

    Proper care and maintenance of your chimneys, woodstoves, and fireplaces can help protect you from unnecessary fires and carbon monoxide poisonings.

    It is recommended that a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep be hired for any chimney related maintenance or repair services.

    The following questions should be considered prior to hiring a contractor for this type of work: 

    Can they provide you with references?

    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?

    To ensure that you receive a certified sweep at every job, all chimney sweeping companies promoting themselves as “CSIA Certified” or displaying the CSIA Certified Sweep logo are required to have a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep sign off on every job.

    It is important to verify that that a chimney contractor is currently active on the CSIA website, www.csia.org, prior to hiring them to work on your chimney