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Chimney Cleaning & Service, New Jersey
Why Hire a 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 Certified Chimney Sweep. Wood burning appliances cause more fire, death and property damage than any other heating fuel. As New Jersey 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 chimneys and fireplaces. Annual damage is estimated at $117 million. Deaths from fire and carbon monoxide due to heating systems are over 300 per year.
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Why is it Important to Hire a New Jersey Chimney Sweeper that is a Certified Professional?The goal of a Professional Chimney Sweep is to eliminate residential chimney fires, improve heating efficiency and to prevent carbon monoxide intrusion. Ask your Chimney Sweep about any designations or Certifications he/she holds from their trade organization.
For more information regarding Certification and Licensing contact New Jersey Department of Consumer and Public Affairs 973.504.6200 choose the 'Home Improvement Contractors' option.
Why Should I Hire Only a Licensed & Insured New Jersey Chimney Sweeper?Hiring an uninsured chimney sweep to do work on your commercial property or home could cost a lot of money injuries and property damage happen. In the case of injury or property damage, your general liability coverage or home owners insurance might deny the claim because you hired an uninsured contractor. Ask your insurance agent about what kinds of insurance you should require of your chimney sweep contractor.
The law requires that all New Jersey employers, not covered by Federal programs, have Workers Compensation coverage or be approved for self-insurance. To confirm your contractors Workers Compensation in New Jersey call - 609-292-2515 or visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.