The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

We’ve said it before.  It seems to happen every season. Someone assumes that the chimney is easily accessible – a shortcut, if you will, from the exterior to the interior of a home. They learn the hard way. Lacking the mystical powers of Santa, they get stuck. It happens more than you think. In this latest … More The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

An attorney weighs in on the benefits of being a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

An opinion piece from Eugene LaFlamme. The National Chimney Sweep Guild Convention is a great time to connect with old friends, network within the industry, and peruse the manufacturer show room. A critical component of the convention is also the continuing education opportunities it offers — namely, the CSIA’s Certified Chimney Sweep program. MORE: How … More An attorney weighs in on the benefits of being a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

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]

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

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

Surprises inside the chimney: a letter to Santa, a newspaper, a balloon, a cat

We were amazed to read about an unusual discovery stuck inside of a fireplace in Wales: A girl’s letter to Father Christmas that lay undiscovered for almost a century! The Mirror of London [view the article here] reports that it was found at a girls’ boarding school. That got us to thinking. It’s been an interesting … More Surprises inside the chimney: a letter to Santa, a newspaper, a balloon, a cat