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 Photograph, 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
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.
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.
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.