We were having a leakage issue in our basement that was due to moisture in our chimney. The frigid Chicago weather has caused quite a havoc this winter. Lindemann was able to diagnose the problem and ... - Steve M. (Chicago, IL)
My experience with Lindemann was excellent. They came out and did what no one else could. Mine was a smoke issue. After having a fire the entire house would smell of smoke. I could have hung pork bell... - Frank F. (Mount Prospect, IL)
These guys are great! We had our chimney inspected/cleaned by Jim who was extremely knowledgeable and super nice! Definitely recommend these guys! And free wood with the chimney cleaning! Super! ... - Steve S. (Chicago, IL)
When it’s time to clean out your chimney, you might be tempted to hire someone you know to give it a sweep. You might even try to do it yourself. It might seem like a quick and easy way to save money, but your best option is to hire a certified company to handle your chimney sweeping and maintenance needs. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) offers certifications to chimney technicians who pass a series of training and exams. Here are four reasons why you should always choose a chimney sweep company that’s certified!
The safety of your chimney is important and the CSIA only offers certification to individuals who prove their knowledge of chimney maintenance and safety by taking the standardized reviews, training, and examination. A technician must study specific textbooks and documents before he or she is equipped to take the examination. They must also go to training school and in-person reviews, so not just anyone is qualified to be a chimney sweep.
Additionally, the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) is a community of chimney sweeps and companies. If a company is part of the NCSG, they are recognized by other professionals in their industry as legitimate chimney repair, cleaning, and maintenance companies.
When you have a chimney maintenance company work on your chimney or fireplace, you want to know that the process and result will be safe and healthy for your family. If you hire a company, as opposed to an amateur, you know that your chimney technician has benefits and legal rights provided by his or her company. The company and technician also have the equipment and knowledge that is necessary for taking precautions when maintaining a chimney. Between equipment and benefits, you’ll know that the entire process of your chimney maintenance will be address with safety and care.
Not only can a certified technician address your chimney needs in the safest way possible, but he or she can also give you the quality of service that you expect. You want to make sure that you have repairs and installations that will last and that your cleanings and inspections are done with care. If a chimney company is certified, these are elements that you can expect without worry. The last thing you want to do is call in a professional to fix the mess that an uncertified individual left behind.
This concept also goes for safety. If a chimney technician does a poor job cleaning or servicing your chimney, you could be at a higher risk for chimney fires, damages, or household fires. Certified individuals follow specific codes and policies that ensure you the best service possible.
When it comes down to it, you have a busy schedule, and you don’t want to be bothered by tardiness or last-minute cancellations. If a chimney company is part of the NCSG and holds a CSIA certification, you know that you’ll have professional service with appropriate scheduling.
If you live in the Highland Park, Glencoe, Glenview or other surrounding Chicago areas give us a call for all your chimney needs. For your next chimney maintenance appointment, make sure you’re choosing a certified company!