(er… Fall? Depends where you live – it was in the 30’s a few mornings here in Central Indiana where CSIA is HQ’d) “Busy season” has kicked off for Certified Chimney Sweeps® across the country. Usually from Labor Day through January, most markets are slammed with inspection and sweeping appointments. It is not uncommon for … More What Homeowners Want to Know About Their Chimney and Venting System (in 2018)
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.
A newspaper account of a family displaced from their home due a common issue within the chimney — creosote buildup — is a good reminder that this substance can cause misery even when it’s not causing an unwanted chimney fire. In the case of one family, the misery was smoke. Smoke is supposed to exit … More Creosote has many forms, many levels of misery
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
The Chimney Safety Institute of America is committed to education, across all industries, including firefighting agencies, because when it comes to helping homeowners who have suffered chimney fires, those first responders can really help us out with our noble cause. That’s why we were so thrilled to return as a trade show exhibitor to … More CSIA debuts homeowner brochure at fire instructors conference