When it comes to your home’s chimney, and you and your home’s safety, you should only trust a CSIA certified chimney sweep for its maintenance.
After all, cleaning your chimney at least once a year is one of the most important things you can do prevent an unwanted chimney fire, especially if you use firewood as your primary heat source.
If you have the right tools and knowledge you can always clean your chimney yourself.
However, if you're looking to hire a professional, you'll want to make sure you find someone that's properly trained to ensure the job is completed properly and more importantly....safely.
Many chimney sweep companies may state they are “certified,” but it’s imperative to entrust the maintenance of your chimney’s structure to a chimney sweep who has been certified by the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA) and who can provide those credentials.
There are multiple and very important reasons homeowners should schedule an appointment with a CSIA certified chimney sweep including:
Chimney sweeps that have gone through the educational and testing process to become CSIA certified have gained indispensable knowledge.
The knowledge and experienced gained by becoming CSIA certified cannot be compared to someone who hasn’t. You will not get the same level of quality service from an uncertified chimney sweep.
Fields of proficiencies demonstrated through the educational and testing process of CSIA certified chimney sweeps include:
If you had a medical emergency requiring surgery, you wouldn’t allow someone to operate whose only experience was being addicted to medical TV shows, and you should have the same attitude when it comes to chimney sweeps maintaining and cleaning your chimney.
Just because someone says they’ve cleaned a chimney before doesn’t mean they are skilled to do a proper job that leaves you and your home safe.
Chimney sweeps who are CSIA certified have gone through an extensive educational and training program to receive certification. To retain their certificate, each chimney sweep is required to take continuing education programs so they are up-to-date on changes in the industry.
CSIA certified chimney sweeps have certain professional obligations and requirements, which include the following:
Making sure you select a professionally CSIA certified chimney sweep guarantees your chimney is operating safely, which means you and your home are safe from a house fire.
The Chimney Institute of America offers some suggestions on additional things you should look for when hiring a chimney sweeping service, as well as offers a search option on their website where you can locate professional CSIA certified chimney sweep operators in your area.
Remember, just because a company tells you they have experience with chimney sweeping but doesn’t hold CSIA certification doesn’t mean they will do a professional job that leaves you and your home safe.
If they haven’t taken the time to educate themselves on the proper functioning of the entire chimney’s operation, it’s probably safe to say you aren’t going to receive the same level of service when compared to a certified professional.