(er… Fall? Depends where you live – it was in the 30’s a few mornings here in Central Indiana where CSIA is HQ’d) “Busy season” has kicked off for Certified Chimney Sweeps® across the country. Usually from Labor Day through January, most markets are slammed with inspection and sweeping appointments. It is not uncommon for … More What Homeowners Want to Know About Their Chimney and Venting System (in 2018)
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
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