Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

It is widely known that masonry chimneys are required to meet the 3-2-10 rule. This rule means that they must extend 3 feet above the roof penetration on the shortest side, and the top of the chimney must be 2 feet higher than any portion of the building structure within 10 feet. This height requirement … More Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

Rain, water, and common chimney issues in #Spring

Leaky chimneys. Raindrops in the fireplace. Water pooling on the tops of the chimney cap. It’s that time of year — when we still have snowy days, but start seeing mostly rainy ones. It’s usually when homeowners take notice of the performance of their chimney, already one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a home. The … More Rain, water, and common chimney issues in #Spring

What creosote looks like after it’s removed from a chimney [with video]

There are some things you have to see to believe. Yes, this looks as unappealing and formidable as you might be thinking. It is creosote, the No. 1 nemesis in the world of fireplace and wood stove lovers. Chimney sweeps certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America employ all sorts of pole-mounted brushes and rotary sweepers … More What creosote looks like after it’s removed from a chimney [with video]

Why we’re surveying 1,500 chimney sweeps and exhaust pros

CSIA’s update of our Successful Chimney Sweep reference manual, an effort that will make our credentialed chimney sweeps and dryer exhaust technicians become better at their jobs — ultimately helping homeowners and businesses — is onto its next phase. Sweeps and dryer exhaust experts should be on the lookout for an email or letter and … More Why we’re surveying 1,500 chimney sweeps and exhaust pros

Biggest home inspector trade show has chimney sweep factor thanks to CSIA

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — An attendance projected at about 800 makes the American Society of Home Inspectors, or ASHI, InspectionWorld the place to be for this respected profession. Chimney Safety Institute of America isn’t just a guest; we’re a sponsor, exhibitor, and we’ve got top representatives of CSIA here to guide chimney and venting education. Day … More Biggest home inspector trade show has chimney sweep factor thanks to CSIA

Year in Review: CSIA’s top video clicks of 2014 for chimney consumers

The men and women who hold the Certified Chimney Sweep credential from the Chimney Safety Institute of America are indeed at the top of the chimney industry, and in 2014 CSIA turned to several veterans and instructors for tips that we could film and share with homeowners. The results: Nearly 23,000 video views of content housed on CSIA’s YouTube … More Year in Review: CSIA’s top video clicks of 2014 for chimney consumers

Fireman’s Fund uses CSIA expertise to provide chimney safety to clients

The Chimney Safety Institute of America and Fireman’s Fund, a major property insurance company, are partnering to bring more awareness of chimney safety and the need for chimney inspections to Fireman’s Fund clients. “The partnership the Chimney Safety Institute of America has with the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will benefit their clients by making them aware … More Fireman’s Fund uses CSIA expertise to provide chimney safety to clients

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 … More Meet a home inspector who speaks chimney sweep’s language

Congrats to new CCS Certified Chimney Sweeps and C-DET Dryer Exhaust Technicians

Congratulations to Chimney Safety Institute of America’s newest CCS credential-holders, who are also getting a shout-out in the May issue of Sweeping magazine, one of our monthly traditions! We have more than 1,400 others in the United States that homeowners can find using our handy zip code finder! Here’s a state-by-state list of our new sweeps and links to their … More Congrats to new CCS Certified Chimney Sweeps and C-DET Dryer Exhaust Technicians