2017 National Chimney Safety Week is Here

Plainfield, IN – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), an average of 22,300 chimney fires occurred annually in the United States between 2011 and 2013, and although this represents a slight drop from previous years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America believes there’s still much room for improvement. House and Home Magazine … More 2017 National Chimney Safety Week is Here

Chimney Safety Institute of America Launches New Website

Plainfield, IN — The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has launched a new version of http://www.csia.org, which replaces a version that had been in use for nearly a decade. The new website contains the same essential content for both homeowners and industry professionals, but is a drastic leap forward in terms of design and functionality. “We are … More Chimney Safety Institute of America Launches New Website

Pressure from CSIA & Sweeping Industry Leads to Pulling of Angie’s List Article

As some of you may have heard, Angie’s List recently posted an article on its website and social media pages “instructing” homeowners on how to inspect and clean their own chimneys. CSIA strongly felt that the content of this article, originally written by a representative of ServPro (a home cleaning and fire restoration company), was … More Pressure from CSIA & Sweeping Industry Leads to Pulling of Angie’s List Article

Inspect to Protect – 2016 National Chimney Safety Week

Plainfield, IN – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), an average of 22,300 chimney fires occurred annually in the United States between 2011 and 2013, and although this represents a slight drop from previous years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America believes there’s still much room for improvement. 2016’s National Chimney Safety … More Inspect to Protect – 2016 National Chimney Safety Week

Navigating the Nightmare of Multiple Chimney Repair Estimates — Like a PRO.

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.

Certification: as Clear as Mud

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

April NCSTS Produces 18 New Certified Chimney Sweeps

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

CSIA Provides Expert Instruction at NCCSA Winter Meeting

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