#1 – Only Hire Certificated Sweeps
The most important qualification when hiring, is to be a Certified Chimney Sweep. The standard for training across the country is the Chimney Sweep Institute of America when it comes to the care, maintenance and repair of all fireplace, stove and furnace systems and their venting systems and chimneys. You can find a list of state certified chimney sweeps, at OCSA.com, and a list of nationally certified chimney sweeps, at CSIA.org
#2 – Chimney Sweeps should be members of NCGS
Another organization that many highly qualified Chimney Sweep companies belong to is the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). This organization is dedicated to promoting professionalism and ongoing education to keep all sweeps up with the latest technologies that are relative to the industry. We are members in good standing of this important group and suggest you look for a contractor belongs to the NCSG.
#3 – Make Sure Your Chimney Sweep Company is Licensed and Insured
Don’t be afraid to ask if the Chimney Sweep Company has insurance that would protect against damage that may occur in your home, or to employees that are working at your home. Find out exactly what their policy covers, asking questions can prevent unnecessary risk. If the contractor has no coverage and gets injured or causes damage to your home you will assume the liability.
#4 – Look for Proper Identification and certification
Our tech’s have both OCSA, and CSIA credentials. Take note that they arrive in a marked company truck and that they are wearing a uniform, make sure you do your homework and hire a professional chimney sweep.