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When You Get A WETT Inspection Will The Inspector Show You How To Use System

Does your WETT Inspector show you how to use your wood burning system; do they actually know how it functions and what makes it work best?  Did they recommend a Chimney Sweep or do they even know if or when one should be done?  ( I know of at least one case where an inspector said the owner did not need a sweep – and they called an actual sweep for a second opinion – good idea!  It was not me they called, but I heard about it – apparently the chimney was well overdue and may not have been cleaned for two or three years!)

Sadly – many of the entry level Inspectors don’t .. they do not own a word burning system themselves in many cases and did not grow up with one .. the do not service, maintain or clean them.  Often times they may even miss parts of the inspection or do it incorrectly!  Why?  Well simply because they have not been trained to do anything beyond the most basic inspection which is intended to be used for assurance the system is still what it was installed as (the inspection after installation or change – or during a real estate transaction requires a more extensive inspection).

But it is always good to hire an inspector that actually knows what a wood burning system is – how to install and repair one as well as clean and maintain one.  Look for a Certified Chimney Sweep as the first option .. and protect yourself.

 

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Hiring A Chimney Sweep – What To Look For – Ten Things You Might Consider

Beware of any phone calls from Chimney Sweeps offering to clean your chimney regardless of price!  There are many who claim to be Chimney Sweeps and are NOT Certified Sweeps – have no education or training – no insurance – and put you at RISK!  Their goal is to take your money for a service that they have no skills to perform.  Often times these people who claim to know what they are doing will then point out expensive chimney repairs that are needed, for safety sake!  They may even try horrendous scare tactics!  It is best to choose carefully and look for WETT Certified Chimney Sweeps or WETT Certified Advanced Chimney Sweeps.   Keep in mind this is for your safety; and peace of mind; if your chimney is not maintained properly it can become a serious fire hazard.

  • Chimney Sweeping is an Unregulated Industry

Despite the face that chimney safety is important there are no requirements to be Certified.  The good news is that Certifications do exist; and you can use the WETT database to find a WETT Certified Chimney Sweep or WETT Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep.

  • Check for Membership with WETT and the NCSG

All Canadian Certified Chimney Sweeps MUST be a member of WETT and you will find them in the WETT database.  Some will also be members of the American counterpart; the National Chimney Sweep Guild.

 

  • Check for an Individual’s WETT Certification

As mentioned above the minimum nationally recognized standard for a professional chimney sweep in Canada is attained through WETT Inc – and the WETT Chimney Sweep certification is one of the more advanced certifications in Canada on the study of wood burning appliances.  Ask the Chimney Sweep if they are WETT Certified as Sweeps (some may have a Basic certification – and NOT the Chimney Sweep Certification – so beware).  WETT has a Certified Chimney Sweep and Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep Certification.  Verify here.

  •  Check a Chimney Sweep’s Identification

Every WETT Member will carry an ID card – which will have their WETT InspectorPhotograph, the year the Card is valid (it is reissued each year), their Unique WETT # and their Certifications (which will say Chimney Sweep or Advanced Chimney Sweep if they are in fact Chimney Sweeps).  It should look similar to this one.

  • Verify Insurance Coverage

Another good test of whether a chimney sweep company has experience and longevity in the industry is if they have liability insurance coverage.  A chimney sweep company with insurance can protect you against damages which could occur during their visit.  It is very unlikely that any damage will occur; however if it does and the company has no insurance then you are the one who pays the bill!

  • Check References Chimney Referrals

Any good Chimney Sweep will have references; and I have lots of them all over. There are many online you can simply look at – Google or other sources have references of legitimate and reliable Chimney Sweeps in the local area.

  • 7-Hiring the Right Chimney Sweep is a Safety Issue

Sometimes it is not all about price; although it is about value for the dollar.  A good Chimney Sweep should cost around $150 to $200 based upon looking at various websites in the Central Ontario listings – from Grey/Bruce County across to Haliburton area.  Some might be a bit more but should not be much higher.

  • Expect Prompt Service

Good Chimney professionals will be on time; and generally will call if running late.  Sometimes a job does take longer than we expected and I can get backed up half an hour or more really fast.  I do leave time between each appoint to help as a buffer zone, but sometimes not enough.

  • Expect Professionalism 

Reputable chimney professionals usually wear identifying company clothing.  It may have the WETT logo on the clothing somewhere as well.  There should be zero mess left behind when they leave, the Chimney Sweep should be helpful in answering any and all questions about yoiur system.

  • Be Alert to Telephone Scams

Good Chimney Sweep companies DO NOT call and solicit their services, PERIOD.  Keep in mind that an annual chimney cleaning is the best way to ensure that your chimney system is safe to use.

Give us a call for chimney services if you live the Midland or Penetanguishene area and be assured you are choosing a Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep to help you.

The Ghosts of Penetanguishene

Penetanguishene, being one of the oldest areas in Ontario with white explorers has its share of ghosts.  There are others nearby as well in the Midland area from the 17th century and maybe even earlier.  The earliest claimed ghosts perhaps come from the many Jesuit missionaries including Jean de Brebeuf and early explorers including Etienne Brule – many of whom were tortured and killed by local first nations people.  There are also there in the nearby military establishment, now occupied by the recreation of the 19th century site known as Discovery Harbour.  There are at least four claimed spirits in the Discovery Harbour area, including one at the Officer’s Quarters thought to belong to Private Drury, a young soldier who froze to death while standing sentry duty one bitter New Year’s Eve.   There is also an unidentified headless figure who wanders the grounds after dark, and two figures who are clinging to each other, thought to be John and Samuel McGarraty, soldiers of the 79th Foot, whose weathered headstones are the only identified graves at Discovery Harbour site. John and Samuel were part of a group marching from Barrie to Penetanguishene the summer of 1831, halfway to Penetanguishene one of the brothers became ill and could go no further due to the sweltering heat.  The officer in command refused to hold up the entire company for the sake of one soldier and moved on; the second brother refused to leave.  The relief party dispatched the following morning found both brothers dead and clinging to each other, which is how the ghosts are claimed to be seen today near Penetanguishene.  Are the ghosts in north Simcoe near Midland and Penetanguishene from yesteryear really there?  Why don’t you visit and find out for yourself.

Georgian Bay Island Chimney Sweeping

On a beautiful fall day.  Love the islands and the beautiful weather makes it so much nicer.  Beautiful fall days on the Georgian Bay Islands – Cleaning Chimneys and Inspecting wood burning systems.

You might have a wood stove, a fireplace, a fireplace insert or a zero-clearance fireplace.  Matters not they all need some tender loving care; maintenance, inspection and cleaning by a Certified Chimney Sweep.

Chimney Fires can and do happen, even in seasonal homes, and are much more devastating on the islands as really there is no fire department who can assist at all.  Furthermore there is the risk of trees surrounding virtually every one of them.  Be safe; sleep at night; get peace of mind.  Call a Certified Chimney Sweep today.

 

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Hire A Professional Certified Chimney Sweep – Some Good Reasons Why

A regular cleaning is perhaps one of the easiest and best ways to keep your chimney and home safe.

Yes the Chimney Safety Institute of America, National Fire Code and Ontario Fire Code recommends that each chimney be inspected annually and cleaned as necessary to maintain a safe and healthy system.

It is true there are several DIY guides on the web telling you how to clean your own chimney.  Fact is many of these are not professionals providing the guidance, and they are simply pushing the soot out of the flue.  There is a lot more to professional Chimney Sweeping than pushing soot.

First of all – Chimney Sweeps are trained to understand creosote – the different types and how to best and most safely remove each.  You don’t have to guess if the creosote has been removed.  Using a Certified Chimney Sweep provides that peace of mind.

Secondly a professional Chimney Sweep can save a lot of time – what they can do in minutes can take a DIY individual several hours to complete.  Save the time and hassle by having a trained professional complete the work.

Third it is a nasty and messy job – even for the professional – often leaving soot and ash everywhere. The professional Chimney Sweep will have vacuums to quickly and efficiently take care of the debris.  Certified Chimney Sweeps use professional-grade tools to ensure a thorough sweep of the chimney walls.  The tools you get at the hardware store simply don’t do the job well.

Chimney cleanings may require you to get on top of the roof. This may mean working from dangerous heights with the risk of falling.  When it comes to the safety and health of your chimney only trust the job to a true professional Chimney Sweep.

Insurance and the Chimney Sweep

When you hire a Chimney Sweep do you check their credentials?  Are they Certified Chimney Sweeps?  Why does this matter?  Well it means they are professionals who understand their work and what they need to do during a proper sweep – it is more than pushing soot.

When you hire a Chimney Sweep do you check if they are insured?  Good idea to protect yourself – I have insurance with Co-Operators in Midland – local representative and I actually also clean his woodstove and chimney .. bonus!  And he recommends me which is a further bonus!

Yes both are great to have – and help to protect yourself.

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Don’t Forget Breakfast

What ?  A post on breakfast on a Chimney Sweep site?  Why not?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; even for Chimney Sweeps!  And the meal that is the most overlooked, most forgotten and most abused.

But what to eat?  Well if it is the most important; it is also critical to eat something decent and that will provide your body with some nutrients and substance.

I generally mix it up a bit..

a) with a single slice of bacon – maybe two eggs and some toast every third day.

b) a bowl of oatmeal with some granola and banana on top every third day.

c) a cold cereal with some fruit and toast the remaining third day.

Idea is to make some variety and provide a somewhat healthy diet.

Let’s think about them.  We can start with the second one.  Most understand granola and banana – although maybe we can chat about that a bit later.

But oatmeal ?  Rather bland to say the least. But this one super grain is a healthy nutritional powerhouse that hides behind its dull appearance.

Oats have been part of the human diet since before the time of Christ, medicinally, oatmeal was and is used for healing the skin, intestinal illness, nerve problems, and uterine complaints, among others.

With a small serving of oatmeal you get 13 grams of protein, almost your total recommended daily intake of manganese and also includes several other beneficial ingredients including vitamin E, tocotrieonols, selenium, phenolic acids, phytic acid, Vitamin B1, Biotin, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Copper and Magnesium.

Oatmeal can help with one of the biggest problems of our society today, weight gain and obesity.  This is because oatmeal makes you feel full, it satisfies your hunger.  Gives you that full feeling longer – oatmeal provides excellent low-level energy for a longer period of time and the fibre in the oatmeal stays in your stomach longer – giving you that satisfying full feeling.

Oatmeal can also help with regulation of insulin in the body, you are less likely to experience the low blood sugar cravings and thereby prevent the habit of reaching for our favourite snack.

Because of the low caloric intake of oatmeal itself and how it helps to reduce other eating or snacking – the benefits of oatmeal on overall daily calorie intake can be dramatic.

But besides the benefits listed above there are more, yes more!  Oatmeal has been proven to provide significant health benefits.  These are lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased risk of heart failure, improvement in immune response, reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes, reduction in risk of breast cancer due to fibre content and finally extension in overall life expectancy (likely in part tied to the previous factors).

Now I can not say the same for the other two days for breakfast; but the also have some merit which I will discuss in other blogs.  However, I have been thinking of changing the routine a bit – having fewer bacon/egg days and more oatmeal days – but with alternative additions beside banana and granola – more to come on this one as well.