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10 Questions you Should Ask to Qualify a Chimney Sweep

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.

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Why You Should Hire A Chimney Sweep Now: Instead Of Waiting Until Autumn

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.

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More than Cleaning Chimneys

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.

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Chimney Inspection – Recommended 3 Levels

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s 211 (Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances) is the standard upon which CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps base their services. This new standard now classifies chimney and venting system inspections into three levels—Level I, Level II or Level III.

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Dryer Vent Exhaust Danger

The Chimney Safety Institute of America cautions the public that there’s a growing fire and carbon monoxide poisoning danger that could result in unnecessary deaths, injuries or property damage – the obstruction or improper venting of clothes dryer exhaust ducts.

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Chimney Fire Safety

Chimney fires don’t have to happen! Keep the Fire You Want .. from Starting One You Don’t. Read our safety tips to avoid chimney fires, and what to do if you have one.

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