Chimney cleaning should be done regularly, and it’s usually best to leave this job to experts. To help you prepare and manage your expectations when hiring a chimney sweep, chimney new construction and cleaning expert Batts’ Chimney Services shares some important tips below.
Certification and Credentials
To know if you are hiring a qualified chimney professional, you should check their credentials and certifications. Chimney technicians typically demonstrate their expertise and competency through a certification from various chimney sweep organizations, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). If a technician has passed the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® exam, they should be able to show you an identification badge proving their certification.
Chimney inspections may be done by the technician. These professionals are usually equipped with specialized cameras to view the interior of your chimney. By checking your chimney, they can detect any problems in the system that can be potentially hazardous.
Chimney cleaning can be a messy job. But reliable technicians will make sure to secure the work area and protect your floor and belongings from being covered in ash, soot and dust. Typically, this involves placing a drop cloth on the floor in front of the fireplace or wood stove and, if necessary, moving your furniture. Your sweep will also have to use a professional vacuum to control soot and ash.
Don’t hesitate to ask your sweep about their cleaning process. This way, you can have an idea about their thoroughness in doing work and if there are things that you need to do to prepare your home before they clean your chimney.
Batts’ Chimney Services is a local company that specializes in chimney cleaning, dry vent cleaning, chimney inspection and more. We carry out jobs to a high standard, so you can expect excellent results from our crew. Call us at (205) 956-8207 (Jefferson County) or (256) 660-1338 (Northeast Alabama). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.