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Certification Matters

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?

Certification Matters - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIn 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.

Forward Schedule Your Chimney Service

Now that summer is in full swing, your calendar is likely full of baseball games and family road trips. Before you know it, the first day of school will be up next, which means fall will be soon arriving. When you go from one busy season right into another one, it can be hard to remember to take care of everything on your home maintenance checklist. One of your most important responsibilities as a homeowner is to schedule your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection services. National fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend completing chimney maintenance before lighting the first fire of the year. Therefore, All Seasons Chimney recommends scheduling your appointment as soon as possible. We have proudly provided professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the lower Hudson Valley area for over 25 years. We would like to tell you the advantages of forward scheduling and our professional chimney sweeping services.

Why should I forward schedule my chimney maintenance services?

Forward Schedule Your Chimney Service - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyAll Seasons Chimney is extremely busy every fall preparing the chimneys of the Hudson Valley for fireplace season. Between September and December, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. If you forward schedule your appointment with us, you will have a much easier time getting the most convenient date and time for you. Therefore, you will not have to wait for weeks to get your fireplace going in the fall. All you have to do is schedule your annual services when you have your chimney swept and inspected this year.

What can I expect from a professional chimney sweeping and inspection from All Seasons Chimney?

When our sweeps arrive at your home, they begin by protecting your home from dirt and debris during the process. We lay tarps and drop cloths around the fireplace area while setting up a high-powered vacuum. Our sweeps will then use specialized tools to remove every bit of hazardous creosote and soot. Next, our sweeps provide a Level 1 chimney inspection to make sure there are no flue blockages, damage, or other hazardous issues. We will provide you with a written inspection report. If we do find any problems, we will give you a fair and honest estimate of the necessary chimney repairs.

Make sure your chimney is safe to use on the first cool day this fall. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to forward schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance services!