Owning a home involves many maintenance responsibilities to keep all of its systems working efficiently and safely. Despite the “do it yourself” nature of some individuals, a trained and certified professional must perform some tasks. A Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep should always perform your annual chimney sweeping and inspection responsibilites. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the lower Hudson Valley region. Our chimney sweeps have also received certifications from the CSIA. This certification means a great deal to us as well as to our customers. We would like to tell you a bit more about the CSIA and why its certification matters.
What is the CSIA?
In 1983, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) was founded as a non-profit educational organization. They provide training and certification to chimney and fireplace professionals. Known as the leader in chimney and venting education, the CSIA also promotes fire safety awareness to the public.
What does it mean to be certified by the CSIA?
The CSIA provides education and training for chimney and venting professionals to receive nationally recognized credentials with certification opportunities that include the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and the CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician programs. To become certified, industry professionals can take review courses online or in person. These coures go over publications about the necessary codes, standards, and practices involved with chimney and venting systems. The CSIA also provides hands-on intense training at their state-of-the-art Technology Center, which is located at their headquarters just outside Indianapolis. After reviewing the practices and publications, the professionals must pass an exam to receive certification.
Why does CSIA certification matter to me?
You can also rest assured that a CSIA-certified professional will treat you honestly and fairly. At the time of the certification exam, professionals must sign the CSIA Code of Ethics. When they sign this code, they pledge to keep up with their education, to behave professionally on each job, and to provide honest and fair services to every customer.
Prepare your chimney and fireplace for fall by having it swept and inspected by a certified chimney professional. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.