Recommended maintenance is easy to put off when money is tight, but the potential safety risks remain. Before you light your first fire of the season, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reminds you to schedule your annual chimney inspection.
Annual chimney inspections allow the chimney sweep to note cracks, creosote buildup or other obstructions that may diminish the functionality of the system and create an environment where chimney fires or carbon monoxide intrusion are likely.
CSIA recommends annual inspections performed by CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps. These chimney sweeps have earned the industry’s most respected credential by passing an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. The National Fire Protection Association also recommends that all chimneys are inspected on an annual basis.
While the CSIA recommends that people consider a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, there are additional questions that should be asked to ensure that the person hired is a credible service technician:
- How long has the chimney sweeping company been in business?
- Does the company offer current references?
- Does the company have unresolved complaints filed with the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?
- Does the company or individual carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect your home and furnishings against accidents?
- Does the company ensure that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on the job site?
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