Some owners are tempted to clean their chimneys themselves or ask someone who isn’t competent to do it.
It’s to your benefit to have an experienced chimney sweep do the job. You may not have the safety equipment needed to protect yourself, and climbing up on the roof does have its risks, including falling or being electrocuted by overhead wires.
In addition, a chimney sweep can detect major problems, such as deterioration in the liner or bricks, or even find bird nests.
Make sure your chimney sweep is registered with the Consumer Protection Office and is licensed to sell his products or services elsewhere than at his business location.
The Association des professionnels du chauffage recommends you call on the services of a chimney sweep who is a member of their association.