Despite popular culture, the chimney sweep you hire does not need to know how to spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Nor does your chimney sweep have to know how to sing “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins”.
More seriously, though, several factors come into play if you are considering the services of a professional chimney sweep.
Availability and Proximity
Naturally, you want someone who can serve you readily. Even if superior and highly qualified chimney sweeps are available in, say, Oregon or California, you’ll need to look closer to home.
But there’s another aspect associated with availability: does the firm you are dealing with have enough staffing capacity? You don’t want to be on a long waiting list for chimney sweep services.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney serves the Capital District, the Hudson Valley, Northern and Central New York and Western Massachusetts. We are proud of our record of chimney sweep service. We meet the criteria we have outlined: we are close enough to you, and we have the staff to do your job.
Credentials and Customer Satisfaction
It is wise to employ highly trained professionals. This is for your own benefit in terms of work quality but also for the sake of safety and efficiency.
What sort of credentials should you look for? For one, look for CSIA certification. The Chimney Safety Institute of America certifies technicians so that they have the skills and tools to clean your chimney properly.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney employs CSIA-certified professionals. Our sweeps adhere to rigorous industry standards that result in quality to our customers.
Other entities also provide assurance of quality. For example, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney experts are also trained in National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) standards and follow standards and recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). We keep abreast of the latest industry guidelines and recommendations. And our equipment matches the type of chimney we are cleaning, whether it’s a large masonry chimney, a furnace flue or a metal factory-built chimney.
Efficiency / Responsible
In plain English, you want chimney sweeps who are competent, efficient, and environmentally responsible. We perform a thorough and appropriate regimen of industry-recommended tasks. Brushable creosote and soot are removed carefully so as to avoid fireplace or chimney damage. Our cleaning even reaches into the elbows in factory-built chimneys. We also clean connector pipes, which can become separated if they were improperly sized or if inappropriate brushes or rods were used.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney removes soot and creosote from the smoke shelf and firebox as it becomes dislodged during cleaning. We use proven methods to assure that no soot or creosote escapes into your home. Our CSIA-certified technicians employ drop cloths, rug runners, high-speed vacuums, shoe covers and tarps over the fireplace to give you a mess-free cleaning.
Let our 35 years of experience in the Capital District, Central or Northern New York, the Hudson Valley or western Massachusetts do the talking. Better yet, let our satisfied customers tell you about our quality.
Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315. Then you can add your own testimonial for quality service soon!