Should I Hire a Maryland Chimney Sweep Contractor?
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges you to check your chimney regularly. If it is not possible for you to check, hire a qualified chimney sweep. Wood burning appliances cause more fire, death and property damage than any other heating fuel. As Maryland has more than its fair share of cold weather and wood frame structures, it is particularly dangerous to ignore the issue here.
Between 2005 2007, CPSC estimates an average of 26,000 fires per year caused by fireplaces and chimneys. Annual damage is estimated at $117 million. Deaths from fire and carbon monoxide due to heating systems are over 300 per year - CPSC. Dont hire an amateur. Check references.
Should my Maryland Chimney Sweep be Licensed & Insured?
Maryland Chimney Sweeps that do repairs require Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) license. You can check license data at Maryland DLLR. Various municipalities and counties in Maryland also require contractors to be licensed and depending on scope of work, pull permits. Professional property managers and smart homeowners make sure to hire only insured contractors why be held liable for an injury or property damage? Ask your insurance agent about bonding and insurance documentation that you need to require from your Chimney Sweeping company. You can find workers comp data at Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission.
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