Aaron Zambrana, Owner / Sweep Technician
Ryan Kay CSIA Certified Sweep #7390
Mick Voss CSIA Certified Sweep #7063
Copies of our Contractors License, Contractor’s Bond, Placer County Small Business License, Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation Insurance Policies are always kept in each of our technicians 3 ring binders for your review. No other company gives you free and open access to License and Insurance Information like A to Z. Perhaps you might ask you self why?
You might be surprised as you demand to see proof of licensing and insurance from some other companies. Protect yourself by refusing to do business with companies who cannot or will not furnish proof of a valid Contractors License, Liability Insurance, and Workman’s Compensation Insurance!!
Should an accident occur while working with an unlicensed / uninsured company, you have no recourse, and YOU may be sued to cover the hospital expenses! DON”T RISK IT. PROTECT YOURSELF BY hiring only a legitimate company who is current on their Licensing and Insurance.
As basic a question as this sounds, you might be surprised by some responses you get. Without a contractor’s license, a contractor may not perform any home improvement work that exceeds $500. Worse yet, you as a consumer have little recourse should a dispute arise between you and an un-licensed contractor. If you are furnished a contractors License number, check it out to ensure the number is a valid license that belongs to that person/company. Also, check to see if any actions or complaints have been taken against the licensee. Enquiries may be made with the California State License Board at www.cslb.ca.gov
Our CA State Contractors License is #784045. You’ll find our license to be in PERFECT STANDING with no complaints, and a copy of our license is displayed in the front of our representative’s sales binder for your review.
2. Do you have Liability Insurance? Are you bonded? Do you have Workman’s Compensation Insurance for your employees?
More basic, yet crucially important questions. For your protection, don’t be afraid to request to see a copy of each of these documents from any home improvement contractor you hire! Ensure they are current and in order. If any of these documents cannot be furnished upon demand, your may be risking more than you know should an accident occur.
3. How is your record with the Better Business Bureau?
As with the Contractors State License Board, you’ll find our record to be impeccable…and why is that? Because we do everything we can to make sure our customers are happy. If a problem arises, you will be helped promptly with personal service, not ignored with an answering machine. By choosing A to Z, you are assured of being treated honestly and fairly. Enquiries can be made on the Better Business Bureau’s website at www.sacramento.bbb.org
4. What continuing education courses has the technician serving me attended/taught in the last year?
While becoming a CSIA Certified sweep is important, it is not everything! How would you feel if you discovered that your physician had not invested any effort into furthering his education or keeping up with the latest medical advancements since graduating from medical school twenty years ago? Sure, he may be a doctor, but what has he done for you lately? Does he keep abreast of his field by staying involved with professional organizations and associations? Is he an industry leader who actively teaches classes and publishes articles in his specialty? Wouldn’t you feel much better about putting a doctor who is a leader in his field in charge of you family’s well being?;
The same is true with your chimney sweep. While at first glance chimney sweeping may not seem like rocket science, there is a lot more to it than one would ever suspect. While it’s true that simply cleaning a chimney may not be too difficult, learning to judge if a chimney is safe for use or how to diagnose why a chimney may not be working properly are skills which require many hours of classroom training and field experience.
Aaron Zambrana, Owner of A to Z Chimney Sweep is not only a CSIA Certified Sweep himself, but he’s also an active member of both the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and the Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild. He and his wife have been featured on the cover of the Chimney Sweeping industry’s three biggest trade publications; Sweeping Magazine (Aug 2003), Chim News (winter 2003), and SNEWS Magazine (September 2005). In addition, he has authored several articles which have also been published in Sweeping, SNEWS, and Chim News magazines. Aaron actively speaks, teaches, and consults within the industry, and others not in the sweeping industry such as home inspectors, firefighters, realtors, etc.
Aaron’s obsession for providing his customers top-notch service through continuing education is not wasted on himself, however. Ask anyone on his staff and they’ll be the first to tell you he demands all A to Z technicians know their jobs! A to Z’s office staff, CSIA Certified sweeps and their helpers are further instructed 1-2 hours per week during a weekly training meeting. In addition, A to Z’s sweeps attend annual National and State chimney conventions as often as occasion permits…all for the purpose of giving you the best service possible.
We’re confident you’ll find that there’s no comparison between the level of service A to Z Chimney Sweeping offers, and our competition. You just might say that our sweeps know their S _ _ T!...SOOT, that is. Our track record clearly indicates that we are the experts setting the pace in the greater Sacramento area. If you want to find the chimney sweeping company who will provide you with the highest level of professional service, find the one that is most actively investing in it’s employee’s education. You’ll quickly agree; -- that company is A to Z.
The following list of continuing education Courses, certifications, licensing, and publications which have featured A to Z have been provided for your viewing pleasure. Please note that our weekly training meetings are not included in this list.