Picture this: you do your due diligence as a responsible homeowner and call a chimney sweep to do an annual chimney inspection, but then receive an estimate that seems too high. So, you call another company to get a second opinion, but now the second contractor provides you with an entirely different scenario. So, with mounting frustration, you call a third company to get to the bottom of this confusing scenario (hopefully).
Now you have three inspection reports that appear to contradict each other and arrive at different conclusions. So, how do you decide the best course of action?… More Navigating the Nightmare of Multiple Chimney Repair Estimates — Like a PRO.
As part of our mission to build awareness of the causes and dangers of chimney fires, we recently opened the doors of our Technology Center to provide free classroom training, consisting of a modified Chimney Physics course, to fire departments in and around Indianapolis. The CSIA’s positive relationship with the firefighting industry is crucial to our goal of reaching as many homeowners as… More Preventing Fires as a Mission
For the past 23 years, Ashley Eldridge, has been the voice of CSIA to the public and national media, as well as the driving force behind CSIA’s industry leading credentials and educational programming. Many of you have learned a great deal from Ashley over the years, whether you sat through National Chimney Sweep Training School… More After 23 Years, CSIA Education Director’s Passion Remains Strong
Certification is a tricky thing, particularly in an unlicensed (or mostly unlicensed) industry like ours as almost anyone can craft a list of job-related questions, package and sell them as an “exam” and then “certify” those who pass, maybe even providing a fancy certificate and ID badge as added value. It’s actually not a very complicated process, but it does make things… More Certification: as Clear as Mud
Please help us in congratulating the following people who successfully completed last week’s National Chimney Sweep Training School — here’s to our newest CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps!! Todd Collins – Salisbury, MD Anthony Ferrari – Willow Street, PA Corwyn Gehring – New Richland, MN Daniel Gross – Littleton, CO Todd Hall – Forney, TX James… More April NCSTS Produces 18 New Certified Chimney Sweeps
Over the last few months I have had the privilege of speaking to large groups in the industry about important it is for their businesses to participate and engage on social media. These presentations were based on some very foundational concepts that could be applied universally regardless of one’s specific industry. But, today.. I’m speaking… More Making the Most of CSIA Referrals
Since I plan on publishing a couple press releases dedicated solely to the two big things that came our of the CSIA informational meeting: CSIA Master Sweep designation and the CSIA Roadshow, I’ll limit this post to a few of my observations and a list of this year’s award winners. Wow! What a week! This year’s… More NCSG Convention Wrap-up: CSIA Auction & Award Winners
As for rendering an outdated stereotype powerless, there’s really only one sure path to doing that, and that is to acknowledge that it still exists and then to use it yourself in a humorous way to effectively illustrate the distance between perception and reality.… More Putting Old Stereotypes to Bed
Waynesville, NC – For many companies and organizations, being able to offer their entire staff or membership the opportunity to learn directly from CSIA’s expert instructors is typically seen as outside the realm of possibility. As the owner of Clean Sweep the Fireplace Shop in rural Waynesville, North Carolina, and the current Vice President of… More CSIA Provides Expert Instruction at NCCSA Winter Meeting
It’s been almost eerily quiet around the CSIA Tech Center the past few days, but that may be a good thing because it has given us some time to prepare for what looks to be an incredibly busy beginning to 2016. Between mid-January and mid-March we will either be exhibiting and/or lecturing (or throwing one heck… More CSIA to kick-off busy 2016 with NCCSA visit