Chimney sweeping is an unregulated industry. As such there are companies that operate outside of the standards of a certified professional. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is one such agency that certifies sweeps and companies to insure safety in a very important service. Fly-by-night companies use cold call tactics to set appointments in a targeted area and then swoop in with non-certified “technicians” to “clean and inspect” your chimney.
It makes CS-KEEP-YOU-CHIMNEY-CHECKED-NOWgood sense and cents to have flues and venting systems attended to well ahead of the burn season. Some considerations:
Your chimney should be swept before moisture mixing with soot and creosote form sulfuric and hydrochloric acids that eat into the chimney structure. Chlorine from household cleaning compounds may be in combustion air rising up the chimney. Sulfur is in soot deposits from a coal fire.
Your home is one of the most important investments that you will make. As a homeowner it’s important that your investment is maintained so the value will not decrease, but will increase as one of your most important assets.
At one-time Dick Van Dyke’s character Bert might have been pretty close to the chimney sweeps in the early part of the 1900’s. In the late 1970’s that all started to change. Today’s North American chimney sweeps are actually chimney technicians with high-tech chimney cleaning and inspection equipment.