Spring is in full swing and that means it’s the best time to repair any damage winter left behind on your chimney. It’s the season in New England where you will start to get phone calls from a variety of chimney companies offering some greatly discounted services, but you definitely need to do your homework before you say yes. If you are located in the Farmington Valley and looking for chimney repairs in Connecticut , there are a few important things to know.
Inspections, repairs and chimney sweeps are so important, but you need to be aware of what to look for in a chimney company.
Many companies do not have the experience they say they have and they are just looking to scare you into hiring them only to do a very poor job and then take your money and run. Inexperienced and unethical companies can leave you and your family in a very dangerous or even deadly situation.
Remember, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that your chimney should be inspected annually to determine if the creosote in your chimney has reached dangerous levels that could cause a chimney fire. Therefore, chimney cleanings should not be taken lightly and need to be completed by a professional.
To combat any pitfall this winter season, please read the three things you should know before you hire a chimney company in Connecticut.
Are they qualified and worthy of your trust?
First, you want to know how long the chimney company has been in business and see if the company offers current references. Then, you need to check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and verify the company’s BBB rating and see if they have any unresolved complaints filed against them.
Is the chimney company professional certified?
Check to see if the chimney company maintains any professional credentials. The minimum nationally recognized standard for a professional chimney sweep is attained through the Chimney Sweep Institute of America (CSIA) and the technician on the job should be carrying it. The National Fire Institute (NFI) certifications are more of an advanced set of certifications in the study of wood, gas and pellet burning appliances. You should also check to see if the technician is carrying this certification as well. The more information you know the better because having complete confidence in a chimney company will give you peace of mind and more importantly, will ensure you and your family’s safety.
Does the company carry insurance?
Does the company you hired carry a valid Business Liability Insurance Policy to protect your home during accidents? You should ask to see a copy of this policy before the technician comes out. If an accident was to occur on the job, you want a guarantee that you will not be responsible to repair any damages, pay medical bills or more.
Be safe and do your homework before you hire a chimney company because as you now know it’s imperative that you burn safe and smart fire.