Avoiding a chimney scam: Media advises for homeowners to use CSIA

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania news organization is warning its viewers about an increase in complaints regarding furnace and chimney repair scams.

WGAL-TV, Channel 8, aired a report Dec. 16 that provides tips for homeowners that are useful to all consumers, coast to coast.

“To protect yourself and your money, avoid agreeing to a same-day repair job,” advises reporter Brian Roche in his report, which you can watch here. “Don’t accept broken debris as evidence that chimney repairs are needed. Request a photo or video as proof of the recommended repairs. Get a second opinion, get several bids on the job and check to see if your contractor is affiliated with nationally recognized groups, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America.”

The TV report comes just two weeks after the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General posted consumer tips [http://bit.ly/1pVSu9x] on avoiding all aspects of winter scams.

Always insist on this logo when your chimney is inspected!

CSIA, a nonprofit based in Plainfield, Indiana, takes the matter of hiring a chimney sweep very seriously, and we have some steps when considering which chimney sweep will perform an annual inspection or related service on a chimney or vent.

You can trust CSIA certified personnel because, among other benefits, our logo comes with the commitment of high standards.

Learn more about CSIA’s ethics pledge.

You can hire with confidence someone you find using our free zip-code locator at csia.org/search.

WGAL-TV's report alerting homeowners to chimney scams also advises them to use Chimney Safety Institute of America to avoid being victimized. CSIA.org/search is a great resource to do just that.
WGAL-TV’s report alerting homeowners to chimney scams also advises them to use Chimney Safety Institute of America to avoid being victimized. CSIA.org/search is a great resource to do just that.

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