Don’t Trust Home Safety to Just Any Chimney Sweep

Certified Chimney Sweep, Antrim NHThe chimney is designed to protect your home and family when using the fireplace. However, it can eventually become a fire and safety hazard without proper chimney maintenance and care. When hiring a chimney sweep, there is a big difference between someone who says they can sweep chimneys and someone who is a Certified Chimney Sweep®. Here’s how to ensure you hire a chimney sweep that you can trust to keep your home and family safe.


The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is the leading credentialing organization that certifies professional chimney sweeps. A chimney sweep must pass rigorous training, education, and exams with demonstrable knowledge of the chimney system to receive this certification. A Certified Chimney Sweep® is a qualified professional in the safe and efficient cleaning, repair, and maintenance of the chimney and any attached heating appliances. To ensure that chimney sweeps stay current on the latest technologies and techniques, they must complete recurrent education every two years to maintain their CSIA certification.


You can instantly recognize a CSIA-certified chimney sweep by the photo identification badge displayed on their uniform. If a chimney sweep doesn’t have a CSIA identification badge, then they are not certified.

Marked Commercial Vehicle

A professional chimney sweep should arrive in a well-marked commercial vehicle that at least indicates the company name and telephone number. A chimney sweep who arrives at your home in an unmarked vehicle or a vehicle with a temporary sign or unprofessional lettering is a red flag that they may not be a professionally trained or certified chimney sweep.

Certified Chimney Inspection, south-central new hampshireQuestions to Ask When Hiring a Chimney Sweep

There are a few questions to ask when hiring a professional chimney sweep to make sure they are someone you can trust to perform the work.

  1. How long has the chimney services provider been in business? The longer a company has been in place, the more trustworthy they are likely to be. The company you hire should have several years of providing safe, reliable, and efficient chimney services in your community.
  2. Do they carry business liability insurance? Business liability insurance protects homeowners against property damage or injury that occurs while working on your premises. Otherwise, the homeowner can be liable if an uninsured contractor gets hurt or causes property damage while working on your property.
  3. What do their online reviews say about the business? Virtually every service business has online reviews. While it’s difficult to please everyone, a chimney services provider with overwhelmingly positive reviews is a sign they are meeting or exceeding the expectations of most of its customers.
  4. Do they have unresolved complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)? Make sure the chimney provider you hire doesn’t have unresolved complaints with your local BBB. In the event a problem arises, you want a provider who will work hard to resolve any issues to your satisfaction. It’s just good business.

Contact Black Moose Chimney to schedule an appointment with a Certified Chimney Sweep® today!

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)