11 Sep The Qualities of a Reputable Chimney Sweep
If you own a home and you are looking for a chimney sweep to inspect, clean, repair or perform any maintenance services on your chimney, you should do a little research.
In addition to maintenance and repairs, a professional chimney sweep should also be knowledgeable about building codes, trained to recognize any deterioration or venting problems and be able to advise you regarding any problems of the condition of your chimney.
Before you randomly choose any chimney sweep company from the yellow pages or from the internet, you should make sure that you are hiring a reputable and professional company.
Here are a few questions that you should ask (or at least get the answers to) before you hire a chimney sweep service to come into your home.
Are they licensed and insured?
Any reputable chimney sweep service should have a business license that authorizes them to practice their services. If you are unsure, check your local government websites. For Suffolk County you can check for a business license at: SuffolkCounty.Gov and in Nassau County check: NassauCounty.Gov. They should also all have insurance coverage. This covers any damages (whether personal or to your home) that may occur when they are working on your property. If they do not have a license or valid insurance – Do not use them!
What type of experience do they have?
Extensive experience is key when hiring a chimney sweep. Let’s face it, you want to hire someone who knows what they are doing and has been doing it for a significant amount of time. They should have knowledge of the industry, products and services and they should be able to identify any problems and suggest and perform the appropriate solutions.
Can they give you an estimate before performing their services?
This is another important factor. You want to know how much something is going to cost before you hire them to come to your home. You also don’t want any surprise or “hidden” costs. Most reputable chimney sweeps will give you a free estimate before performing any work. Understandably, unforeseen repairs or maintenance may arise when they are inspecting your chimney – but they should be able to tell you the cost of these repairs before they start doing them.
Can they ensure that my chimney and fireplace are safe?
Any experienced chimney sweep always has the safety of the homeowners at the top of their concerns. In addition to keeping your chimney clean and running efficiently, safety should always be an important consideration in the maintenance of your chimney. While chimney professionals can advise you regarding safety concerns, you should always take precautions and follow all safety regulations as an informed homeowner.
For an experienced, knowledgeable and reputable chimney cleaning company contact Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps. They are licensed and insured and offer complete chimney cleaning services that include high powered vacuuming of your entire system, removing hazardous or combustible creosote, eliminating any accumulation of soot from coal and oil systems and thorough fire prevention inspections and maintenance services.
Contact Pro-tech Chimney Sweeps at 631-806-8550 or 516-284-1295 to schedule a quality chimney inspection and cleaning service today.