Resources that homeowners can trust

Nobody enjoys seeing their industry portrayed negatively in the media, but all professions are susceptible to getting a “black eye” due to negative press coverage from time to time, including chimney sweeping. The website NJ.com [@njdotcom on twitter] produced such a story in December. The headline was far from flattering: “Homeowners scammed by con-artist chimney companies … More Resources that homeowners can trust

Winter is here: Is your fireplace ready?

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” The winter solstice arrived at 12:11 p.m. (EST) today, marking the shortest day of the year. It’s already been winter-like for some of you. For the rest of the U.S., as the temperatures hover near freezing and the weatherman threatens us with snowy forecasts, … More Winter is here: Is your fireplace ready?

A “clean” fireplace doesn’t equal “safe” fireplace

The Chimney Safety Institute of America, a nonprofit whose mission is homeowner awareness and industry education, today notified the press office of AOL that a story posted to the GMC Trade Secrets section of its website contained some problematic wording. In our email to AOL, we thanked the website for bringing attention to the benefits … More A “clean” fireplace doesn’t equal “safe” fireplace

Getting certified

While we’re in the midst of the busy season – many of our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are booked through January – it’s also a time when many folks who are part of the home-building industry begin planning their business opportunities for 2014. We’ve received multiple calls, for example, from masonry and home-building specialists who … More Getting certified

Not competition, but collaboration

This week on the blog, we are delighted to feature a guest article written by Rick Vlahos, Executive Director of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation and the National Fireplace Institute. Rick visited us on Nov. 7, 2013, and sent this write up to his email subscribers. It was great to be mentioned by such wonderful organizations, which both … More Not competition, but collaboration