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
No matter the condition of your fireplace, wood stove, or other chimney-connected appliance, if you don’t understand how your system works, it will be difficult getting it to perform in a way that optimizes both performance and safety. For example, you could have a sparkling new home with a fireplace you could eat out of, but … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know Your System
Throughout history, people have been burning wood to heat their homes, cook their meals, and set the stage for spooky ghost stories. The great thing about wood, in particular is that it’s renewable: one tree falls and another gets planted and the circle of life goes on. As awesome as wood is, burning it in your … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know Your Wood
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
It takes more than just knowledge and skill to earn the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential. It also takes a commitment to treating people the right way. All CSIA Certified professionals are held to the highest of ethical standards and before receiving their badge each candidate must agree to and sign the following: CSIA Code of Ethics I fully … More CSIA Code of Ethics
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.
As part of our mission to build awareness of the causes and dangers of chimney fires, we recently opened the doors of our Technology Center to provide free classroom training, consisting of a modified Chimney Physics course, to fire departments in and around Indianapolis. The CSIA’s positive relationship with the firefighting industry is crucial to our goal of reaching as many homeowners … More Preventing Fires as a Mission
For the past 23 years, Ashley Eldridge, has been the voice of CSIA to the public and national media, as well as the driving force behind CSIA’s industry leading credentials and educational programming. Many of you have learned a great deal from Ashley over the years, whether you sat through National Chimney Sweep Training School … More After 23 Years, CSIA Education Director’s Passion Remains Strong
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