A fireplace is one of the great amenities to have in your home because it helps you relax after those bitter cold winter days in Chicago. To ensure that your fireplace is working up to its peak efficiency you need to make sure that you maintain it properly. By far the most important thing to consider is to make sure you have a clean chimney. A chimney is the key to ensuring that the hot flue gasses are evacuated properly. Often times the homeowner decides to clean the chimney themselves so they can save a few dollars. On the surface this seems to be an easy enough task to handle but in reality it is one of those things that is best left to the professionals.
Are you Covered by Insurance if you Do It Yourself?
Often times your homeowners insurance policy contains a clause stating that all chimney cleaning and maintenance should be performed by a licensed chimney sweep. There are several reasons why they require you to hire a professional to do the work. First, climbing up on your roof is dangerous and can easily lead to a fall. Second, A trained chimney sweep, such as those employed by Chicagoland Fireplace and Chimney Restoration, are certified not only in the art of cleaning your chimney and removing the dangerous creosote buildup, but they are also trained to spot any defects in the system that the homeowner may not be aware of. They will be able to determine if the chimney liner is damaged or rusted out and they can recommend further inspection if necessary. Your insurance company knows the value of a professional service and this is another reason they stipulate it in the contract.
What should I look for in a Professional Chimney Sweep?
The first thing that must be verified is if they are fully trained, certified and insured to do the work. A fly by night discount service does not offer you this certainty. The second thing you must confirm is whether they are part of an industry recognized association. Affiliation in a professional association ensures that they are up to date in their cleaning methods and that they are aware of any product defects or recalls relating to chimney parts. The third key point is whether they have been in business long enough to gain experience. An example of a company with years of experience is Chicagoland Fireplace and Chimney Restoration. They carry all the necessary certification, are affiliated with The National Chimney Sweep Guild and have a great reputation in the business community.
Here are a few points that highlight the benefits to hiring a professional chimney sweep service.
- They are experts at doing the work
- They carry all the specialized equipment to do the job
- They use safety equipment to help prevent accidents
- They offer guarantees on all their work
To make sure that you have the peace of mind of knowing that your fireplace chimney is properly cleaned, contact the experts at Chicagoland Fireplace and Chimney Restoration today to book an appointment.