Chimney Safety Week 2016: Know your Sweeps

Happy Friday!

Thank you to everyone who has been following along with us as we promote the safe and efficient use of fireplaces and chimneys. Before I dive into today’s topic, I want to recap our previous blog posts for those who are joining us for the first time.

Tuesday: “Know Your Wood” — this post was all about the best ways to select, store, and burn your firewood, including how to build the awesome upside down “top-down” fire.

Wednesday: “Know Your System” — is your fireplace spilling smoke into your home and not up your chimney as it should? This post will provide you with some basic draft troubleshooting tips.

Thursday: “Know When to Call for Backup” — having more serious issues with your fireplace or chimney? This post describes numerous scenarios in which you’ll want to call a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep for an inspection.

…and now that we are caught up, on to our regularly scheduled blog post 🙂

At this point, we hope we have been able to drive home the message that there is a real need for homeowners to contact a local CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, at least on an annual basis, to perform a chimney inspection and cleaning  (if that’s determined to be needed at the time of inspection).

If you missed that one episode of Dirty Jobs back in 2005 and you’re only now finding out the Chimney Safety Institute of America exists, you might be curious as to why we are so adamant that you hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep as opposed to any local service provider or someone who claims to be “certified” through another organization …and that would be a fair question. Although it may initially come off as self-serving, CSIA is a nonprofit educational institution and we don’t receive any extra funding or kickbacks when someone hires one of our certified professionals.

The two main reasons we encourage homeowners to hire CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are: CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are simply the best educated and the most qualified to tell you what might be wrong with your chimney, fireplace, wood stove, etc… AND all CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are bound by CSIA’s Code of Ethics to treat each client fairly.

In short, you’re getting the best person for the job as well as someone who you know isn’t going to rip you off. 

If you want to learn a little more about why the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential has been the most trusted credential in the industry for the past thirty years, we have an entire post dedicated to that information. It’s worth the read, especially if you know you need to hire someone to come out to your house. It truly pays to do your homework.

Ready to move forward with a chimney inspection? Just jump on over to www.csia.org, type your Zipcode into our search tool, and you’ll be presented with the contact information for all of the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps within a 50-mile radius (you can even expand this radius if you happen to live in a less-populated area).

Good luck!

jordan prAbout the author: Jordan Whitt is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Chimney Safety Institute of America and a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.  Outside of the CSIA, you’ll occasionally find him doing some public affairs work for the American Red Cross or the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. You can email him directly at jwhitt@csia.org.


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