Things are a little crazy here at the NCSG/CSIA office this week as we gear up for the 40th annual National Chimney Sweep Guild Convention, but I wanted to take just a few minutes to give you a head’s up on some of the main events you don’t want to miss if you’ll be joining … More 2017 NCSG Convention Preview
From all reports, 2016 has been a banner year for many of our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps & Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians and the same could safely be said about the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Here are a some of the highlights from 2016: Launch of CSIA Master Chimney Sweep Credential Launch of CSIA Roadshow education … More 2016 Recap and 2017 Preview
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
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
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
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 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
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