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Why Shouldn’t You Call a Roofer for Chimney Issues

Post by : dminCMC


A chimney on the roof of a house

You’re sitting in your living room by a nice fire when you suddenly hear a strange noise coming from your chimney. Upon investigation, you discover that one of the bricks has come loose and fallen into the fireplace. If you’re like most people, your first instinct can be to call a roofer. That’s because many people think that since roofers work with roofs, they must also know about chimneys.

But that’s not the case. Roofers and chimney sweeps are two very different types of professionals, and each has its area of expertise.

In this blog, we’ll look at a few reasons why you shouldn’t call a roofer for your chimney issues

1. They Don’t Have The Necessary Training

Roofers are trained to work on roofs. They don’t have the same level of training as a certified chimney sweep who has completed an apprenticeship and earned their credential from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This certification ensures they know how to properly inspect and clean all types of chimneys, both masonry and factory-built.

2. They Lack The Specialized Tools

Chimneys have delicate structures and require specialized cleaning and repair tools. Roofers don’t have these tools. Some roofing companies will tell you outright that they don’t work on chimneys because they lack the proper equipment.

3. They Might Not Have Insurance

Reputable roofing companies carry insurance that protects them and their customers in case of accidents. However, not all roofers have insurance, which means you could be liable for damages if something goes wrong. A certified chimney sweep will always have insurance to protect themselves and their customers.

4. They Might Not Be Licensed

Most states require special licenses for contractors who work on homes, including roofers and chimney sweeps. These licenses ensure that the professionals have the necessary training and experience to do their job safely and properly. Ask any potential chimney contractor for proof of their license before hiring them—and don’t be afraid to contact your local licensing board to verify their credentials.

Smoke coming out of a chimney

5. They Don’t Have Experience With Chimneys

Sure, your roofer might know a thing or two about fixing chimney leaks—but chances are they don’t have experience with chimneys specifically. A certified chimney sweep will have the specific experience and knowledge necessary to safely inspect and clean your chimney—and they can usually spot potential problems early on.

Get In Touch With Professionals For A Chimney Inspection Service In Connecticut

Our chimney sweeps at Creative Masonry & Chimney can help you with routine chimney inspections and consultations before it becomes a health and safety hazard.

Along with chimney inspections, we also offer chimney sweep and cleaning services. We have been serving clients for over 30 years, so you can rest assured that our chimney sweeps will do the job perfectly.

Request a free estimate today!