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

With burning season behind us, how to use fireplace ashes?

          With cold weather finally starting to get behind us, it’s time to start thinking about what you should do with your fireplace ashes. Did you know, according to This Old House, that a cord of firewood can produce 50 pounds of ashes? Fireplace ashes are rich in several minerals that plants need, … More With burning season behind us, how to use fireplace ashes?

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

Fire in the flue: ‘Something built up in the chimney that ignited’

After a chimney fire was reported in a home in Illinois, the local media asked the fire chief about the cause. His response: The fire likely was caused by something built up in the chimney that ignited, the Northwest Herald reported on its website. What “built up” in the chimney was probably the by-products of combustion — the … More Fire in the flue: ‘Something built up in the chimney that ignited’

Be cautious of snow-blocked vents, overuse of wood stoves, fireplaces in outages

The Chimney Safety Institute of America reminds homeowners in the northeastern U.S. impacted by the #blizzardof2015 that chimneys and vents for solid fuel and gas appliances must be cleared of snow and ice to enable proper venting and to prevent any carbon monoxide accumulation. Both are very real dangers. Don’t assume that the hot air … More Be cautious of snow-blocked vents, overuse of wood stoves, fireplaces in outages

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

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

Glass doors on the fireplace. To open or close? CSIA has the answer

At Chimney Safety Institute of America, we commonly get asked about whether homeowners should leave the glass doors on their fireplace open or closed. Keep in mind, the glass used with a wood stove is different from that used with a fireplace. A fireplace uses tempered glass that is resistant to physical shock. A wood … More Glass doors on the fireplace. To open or close? CSIA has the answer

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