Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

We hate to see what reportedly occurred this week at a Taco Bell in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania regarding air quality — but the incident is illustrative of an important public safety issue that CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are qualified to tackle!   The incident? Carbon monoxide from a chimney vent, which sickened employees at the … More Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

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

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

ASHI home inspection executive, member explain why they like CSIA

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — To say the Chimney Safety Institute of America has had a major impact on Frank Lesh, executive director of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) would be an understatement. “Besides being executive director, I’m also a home inspector and years ago my (Great Lakes) chapter and I attended the Chimney Safety … More ASHI home inspection executive, member explain why they like CSIA

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

Chimney Safety Institute of America: Integrated and international

The Chimney Safety Institute of America board of directors recently reaffirmed our involvement with ESCHFOE, the European Federation of Chimney Sweeps. There are 22 members, and the United States is a guest member. We believe that interaction with our overseas brothers and sisters in soot isn’t just a tradition, but a necessity. In fact, in 2011, … More Chimney Safety Institute of America: Integrated and international

What’s involved in an annual chimney inspection versus an annual chimney sweep

Here at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, (which has 1,500 certified chimney sweeps in 49 U.S. states and Canada), we advocate for annual chimney inspections. Not  annual chimney sweeping.  Here is why. Although a thorough sweep will remove creosote and other products of combustion from the flue, some might argue that the inspection is more vital, particularly because a sweeping provides only … More What’s involved in an annual chimney inspection versus an annual chimney sweep

Advocating for chimney sweeps and dryer exhaust technicians in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — Chimney Safety Institute of America attends educational conferences, in part, to introduce and promote our sweeps’ expertise to attendees. Attendees such as home inspector Ryan Johns of Palmetto, Florida — who told us he talks all the time about the “dirty chimneys” he encounters. Ryan says he always adamantly recommends to home buyers to … More Advocating for chimney sweeps and dryer exhaust technicians in Pittsburgh