Your fireplace and chimney need regular inspections and periodic repairs to function safely and efficiently, like all aspects of your home. A neglected fireplace and chimney can cause a myriad of issues, and some issues can be dangerous. Hiring a certified chimney sweep each year is one of the best ways to keep your chimney in pristine condition. Anyone can do a quick Google search to find a company in Nashville willing to sweep your chimney, but you need to make sure its the right company before making the call. Here are some steps to take.

Check Out Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are telling. They can communicate how well the job was done, how reasonable the prices were and how easy or difficult it was to work with the company. There are numerous review sites on the web, including Yelp, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. Check out reviews on both ends of the spectrum (positive and negative) to get the fullest picture available.

Ask About Chimney Sweep Certifications

Certifications are another way of making sure the company you hire will provide high-quality service. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is the non-profit organization that issues nationally recognized credentials for chimney sweeps. While a CSIA certification alone won’t ensure excellent service, it’s a good indicator that the company is qualified for the job.

Make Sure the Company has Insurance

Before hiring any contractor or company, make sure they have the proper insurance. If you hire a someone who doesn’t, you could be held liable for costs due to injuries sustained on the job. A quality chimney sweep will have all the necessary insurance information and be willing to discuss any concerns you have.

Find an Experienced Chimney Sweep Company

Wisdom comes with experience. You want to hire a company that has inspected and swept thousands of chimneys before. An experienced chimney sweep won’t be shy about their expertise or past work. A good place to start is with the company’s website. If you have further questions, give them a call or email requesting more information.

Brick + Ember Outfitters (B+E) has been in business since 2011 and performed thousands of chimney sweeps and other chimney, fireplace and masonry services. Our portfolio is robust and full of examples of happy customers. In Nashville, TN, Brick + Ember Outfitters has completed several jobs, from tuckpointing the Dafforn home’s porch in East Nashville to the repairing and rebuilding the fire-damaged hearth in the Smith home in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood. We’re proud to serve the Nashville area.

At B+E, we want our customers to have safe, efficient and functional chimneys, and we don’t think this service should burden homeowners too much. That’s why we provide an annual chimney sweep and inspection for just $89, which is significantly lower than the average price. If you paid more in the past for a chimney sweep and inspection or didn’t receive the professional communication and service you wanted, call Brick + Ember Outfitters today.