Meet a home inspector who speaks chimney sweep’s language

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — I asked Josh Amodio of Priceless Inspections in Utica, New York, fresh off the casino floor at the Flamingo Hotel on Monday morning, why he stopped by the Chimney Safety Institute of America booth at the Inspection Conference Annual Exposition & Trade Show.

“You spoke my language,” he told CSIA’s booth staff for this event, Steve Pietila and Tom Spalding.

Josh said he was referring to one of the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s primary functions — to reduce the uncertainty that many homeowners have with their chimneys. That uncertainty especially comes into play when home ownership is transferred. A house is no different than any other pre-owned item, in that the buyer is purchasing both what they see, and what they cannot see – such as the chimney flue.

(That’s why the National Fire Protection Association 211, the standard upon which certified chimney sweeps base their services, requires a Level 2 inspection upon the sale or transfer of a property.)

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are tested to these three levels of inspection and each level of inspection covers specific items depending on the individual appliance and venting system.

Josh, a construction industry veteran who has been growing his family-owned home inspection business for the past few years, said he is up front to his clients about the need to hire a chimney sweep, if the transaction involves a chimney.

“I don’t just recommend it,” Josh says. “I strongly urge that they clean it.”

On his Facebook page, we found this recent post.

priceless

In that regard, Josh has been speaking our language.

“Public safety is at the top of most people’s lists,” he said. “It’s not an artificial thing. Let’s really teach people about the safety of chimneys.”

New York home inspector Josh Amodio, left, with Tom Spalding of the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
New York home inspector Josh Amodio, left, with Tom Spalding of the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

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