How to Hire a Chimney Sweep

Proper care and maintenance of your chimneys, woodstoves, and fireplaces can help protect you from unnecessary fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. We always recommend hiring a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®. You should also consider asking the following questions before allowing someone to service your home:
  1. How long have they been in business?
  2. Can they provide references?
  3. Are there any unresolved complaints filed within the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?
  4. Does the company or individual carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect your home and furnishings against accidents?
  5. Does the company ensure that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on the job site?​​​​
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To ensure that homeowners 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. To locate one of the more than 1,800 active CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps across North America, please use the CSIA Certified Professional Locator on this site.

IMPORTANT: Just because a chimney sweep or company might say they are “certified”, include the word “certified” in their title or advertising, or have great reviews on a consumer website, this might not mean they are well-suited for the job. Check out our special blog post on how to ensure you’re hiring the best person to keep your family safe from potential chimney fires or carbon monoxide intrusion.

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