One of the biggest responsibilities you have as a homeowner is to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year to ensure it works efficiently and safely. In order to be certain that this important job is done properly, you should hire a chimney sweep who has been trained and certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
Recommendations from friends and family can be helpful when hiring a chimney sweep, but there are other things you should consider. You should look for a CSIA- certified sweep. The CSIA certification is the highest qualification a chimney sweep can hold. In the Louisville area, All American Chimney Service is proud to have a staff of CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. They can take care of all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs. We would like to tell you more about why CSIA certification matters.
KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING
To receive this trusted credential, chimney sweeps must pass an exam based on the CSIA’s Successful Chimney Sweeping and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211. Both of these texts provide essential information on the best practices of chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services. The CSIA also provides in-person and online review sessions to help chimney sweeps prepare for the certification exams. There is also a week-long event held at the headquarters of CSIA outside Indianapolis that gives chimney sweeps hands-on training and classes for these important exams.
COMPLIANCE WITH CODES
The CSIA certification exams also cover the International Residential Code, which explains the basics of modern building codes and standards. This helps chimney sweeps learn the importance of making sure they follow all of the local regulations that are applicable. Chimney sweeps also are provided with instructions on being compliant with the installation guidelines from manufacturers of hearth appliance products.
HONEST AND FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES
When chimney sweeps take the CSIA certification exams, they must sign the CSIA Code of Ethics. They pledge to render their services in a fair and honest manner and to never engage in deceptive business practices. This is very important to you as a customer as it guarantees that the work has been done honestly. It also means that you can trust any estimate of needed repair work that you receive from a CSIA-certified chimney sweep.
Hiring a CSIA-certified chimney sweep is important if you want your chimney professionally maintained properly. Contact us today at All American Chimney Service to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance services.