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CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
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CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
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CHIMNEY FIRE ACTION / PREVENTION
COMBUSTION GASES & PARTICLE HAZARDS
COMBUSTION PRODUCTS & IAQ
FLAME COLOR, BLUE vs YELLOW COMBUSTION
HEATING SYSTEM INSPECTION
HOME HEATING SAFETY
ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
This document warns consumers about a common consumer fraud involving promises of quick, cheap chimney inspection, cleaning or repair services. Chimney and flue safety hazards such as carbon monoxide gas leaks, fire hazards, and chimney inspection and testing are addressed. Readers should also see Chimney Cleaning Advice, Procedures and see CHIMNEY REPAIR METHODS.
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Watch out for consumer fraud and scam operations that promise low-priced specials on chimney inspection, cleaning, re-lining, or repairs. Readers have informed us of a variety of common chimney rip offs involving professional criminals who combine information about new home buyers and local business names with a telephone promise of various chimney services such as chimney cleaning for $39.95. Homeowners attracted to this chimney deal may encounter scammers who arrive with a ladder, take a superficial look at a chimney, and claim that the chimney is unsafe, needs re-lining, or other treatment.
How to Avoid the Chimney Sweep Fraud Scam
A clue from our photograph at left: if your "chimney repairman" doesn't even leave the ground, it's doubtful that he's a professional. But just placing a ladder against the building and "looking" is also not a professional nor thorough chimney inspection and certainly it's not a repair.
These warnings [adapted& quoting from] from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection can help consumers avoid getting scammed by a fake chimney service company:
More Tips to Avoid Home Repair Scams
New York State Consumer Protection Board providfes this general advice to avoid consumer home repair scams:
Realistic Prices for Chimney Services
According to a 2008 New York Times article by Jennifer Lee:
Recent Chimney Sweep or Repair Fraud Cases
Quoting from the Daily Freeman, a New York newspaper article published 11 December 2010
Quoting from the DarienPatch, a Connecticut newspaper article published 29 January 2010
Chimney Fraud & Scam References
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