(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)
by Ian Myers Ethics Are A Puffy Cloud Without a Standard of Practice. I talk a lot about there being a lack of standards when it comes to Solid Fuel Inspections (in Canada). Even home inspectors in Ontario, being regulated by the province have a written Standard of Practice – whereby, if they “inspect or evaluate” wood burning … More Guest Blogger: Why Should Canadian Chimney Sweeps Step Up & Become Certified By CSIA?
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
If you missed that one episode of Dirty Jobs back in 2005 and you’re just 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 just any local service provider or someone who claims to be “certified” through another organization …and that would be a fair question. … More Chimney Safety Week 2016: Know your Sweeps
If you’ve been following along over the last couple of days, you’ve heard us talk about how to choose the right firewood and how to troubleshoot a poorly drafting chimney — things you, as a homeowner, can (and should) do on your own to ensure your system is working properly. Today, we’re going to switch gears a little … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup
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
“Maintaining the (CSIA) certification is not cheap and it is not easy. It does take effort, but if you expend that effort you will be rewarded for it.” … More (VIDEO) One-on-one with John Bently
The Chimney Safety Institute of America has a special surprise waiting for attendees at the Excellence in Journalism convention to be held in Orlando, Florida Sept. 18-20. In over 1,400 convention tote bags will be a business card with CSIA’s logo, and a chimney figurine zip-tied to it, with the phrase “Little Sweep, Giant Mission” … More CSIA increasing awareness of chimney inspection issues at a journalism convention