Why the CSIA Certification Credential Is Important
By Doug Hetsch
July 15, 2019
When you buy a home with a chimney and fireplace system, there are a couple of maintenance services that you should schedule. You must schedule these services with a professional at least once a year to keep your system efficient and safe. If you have recently moved to the area, it can be challenging to find the best chimney sweep to inspect your system.
While it is always good to get recommendations from your neighbors, family, or friends, the most important qualification that you should be looking for a professional sweep who has a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certification. At All American Chimney Service, all of our professional chimney technicians have received this industry credential. We would like to tell you exactly why this certification matters so much.
How does the CSIA certify chimney professionals?
In order to give property owners a way to measure the expertise of chimney sweeps, the leading non-profit organization in the industry, CSIA established a certification program in 1983 as part of the mission to provide training services to venting professionals. In order to become a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, technicians must pass exams based on the latest editions of building safety codes and standards, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 211 and the International Building Code (IBC).
Why should I trust the CSIA certification credential?
Because there is not any sort of official oversight in the chimney industry, it can be easy for anyone to claim to be an expert in venting system services. Unfortunately, scam artists often use chimney sweeping as a front for thievery. Not only do you lose money when you hire a sweep without CSIA certification, but your risk for a chimney fire, carbon monoxide leak, or other dangerous hazard increase greatly.
National media outlets such as The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Consumer Reports regularly turn to the CSIA when they need accurate chimney safety information. With the promotion of fire safety as its primary focus, this non-profit organization also places a high priority on professional integrity with its Code of Ethics. When taking the certification exams, chimney professionals must also pledge to follow practices such as treating every customer honestly and fairly and staying up to date with changes to technology in the chimney and fireplace industry.
Schedule with All American Chimney Professionals
Beat the fall rush!Contact ustoday to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. As the best chimney company in the Louisville area, you can trust us with any of your chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.