Is it SAFE to hire bargain basement “chimney sweeps”?
PLEASE… do not put your family’s safety at risk! As a father and son business with very low overhead, Fire-Safe Chimney offers the most competitive price for a certified chimney sweep who is licensed, bonded, and insured to work on your home. If another contractor gives you a low-ball price… BEWARE! If they damage your home, you won’t be compensated. If they hurt themselves on your property, they could even sue you!
As with all things, you get what you pay for. Many of our competitors hire cheap, unskilled, even illegal labor, give them a 1-hour “seminar” on chimney sweeping, and then turn them loose in your home. The results can be disastrous. We’ve been called out to homes that have been completely dusted inside by soot explosions caused by inexperienced chimney sweepers. We’ve also followed up on previous inspections, only to find major safety issues or needed repairs which the previous chimney sweep was unable to identify or unqualified to remedy. See our facebook photo gallery for some real examples of what some of our competitors missed.
Beware of Bait and Switch tactics! In fact, some “cheap” chimney companies use their “inexpensive” sweep price as a way to get in the door and then up-sell you on major repairs that may not even be necessary. We recently swept and inspected a new customer’s chimney, only to find out afterwards that another “budget” chimney company had insisted the day before that this customer’s chimney needed $9,000.00 in masonry repairs!
Fire-Safe Chimney Sweeps is owned and operated by Gary Clift, a professional Master Stonemason who knows everything about your chimney from the ground up. Gary completes or manages every job with his son, Gary Jr. We are the most experienced fireplace contractor in the state of Maryland, and we offer the fairest value available on chimney sweeping and inspections. We are also licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. Call us today for a FREE consultation.