Chimney Safety Week 2016: Know your Sweeps

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

2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup

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

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

CSIA increasing awareness of chimney inspection issues at a journalism convention

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

Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

One of the benefits of hiring a chimney sweep or dryer exhaust technician certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America is the professionalism that comes with the credential. A new blog post from John Rudy, senior marketing and strategy manager for Cintas Corporation, reinforces this business practice. In his article, Rudy states that “organizations speak … More Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

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