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The Importance of CSIA Certification

WThe Importance of CSIA Certification Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimneyhen you are looking to hire a chimney professional to work on your fireplace and chimney system, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the different options. You want to find a reputable and trusted chimney company, but how can you be sure of this in advance? The most important credential you should look for this certification from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This certification guarantees that the chimney technician has been educated and trained in the best methods of maintaining, repairing, and installing fireplaces and chimneys. You can trust a CSIA-certified chimney sweep to be honest and thorough. All of our chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney have received certification from the CSIA, and we maintain these certifications by continuing our education and training. We would like to tell you more about the CSIA certification and why this credential is so important to you.

How does a chimney sweep become certified by the CSIA?

 

The CSIA certification process begins with education and training that focus on three different publications, which are the 2011 edition of the CSIA’s Successful Chimney Sweeping, the 2013 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 Standard, and the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code. The educational review sessions are offered frequently across the country as well as at the CSIA Technology Center in Plainfield, Indiana. Additionally, these sessions are also available online. At the end of the review sessions, the chimney sweep must pass two exams that are based on the three texts, pay the CSIA membership fees, and sign the CSIA Code of Ethics.

What are the CSIA Code of Ethics?

When a chimney sweep signs this code, he or she is agreeing to follow the obligations and responsibilities that are required by the CSIA. This code is, along with the education and training, why the CSIA certification is so important to you as a customer. The chimney sweep has pledged to use the organization’s chimney and venting safety practices and techniques as well as to continue to be updated on knowledge, skills, and technology used in the chimney industry. You can trust a CSIA-certified chimney sweep to be honest and fair when rendering chimney services and to never be dishonest or deceptive. The certified sweep also pledges to comply with all applicable building and safety codes and to behave respectively and professionally on every job. The CSIA takes its Code of Ethics very seriously and will revoke certification if a violation of the code has been reported.

You should feel confident when you hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep to maintain or repair your fireplace and chimney system. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to find out more about the importance of CSIA certification.

Preparing Your Fireplace for Cold Weather

Using your wood-burning fireplace can be a great way to cut your heating costs during the winter, but is your fireplace ready to be used? In order for your fireplace and chimney to work as efficiently and as safely as possible, you need to undergo some simple preparations to get the system ready for cold weather. To help you get prepared for winter, All Seasons Chimney would like to share with you some tips from This Old House.

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Schedule a professional chimney sweeping and inspection.

Before you light the first fire of the season, it is recommended by many national fire safety organizations to have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected. This maintenance task will ensure that you do not need any essential repairs and that your chimney is free of soot and creosote.

Ensure your chimney is properly capped.

Our chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney can check out the condition of your chimney cap to see if it needs repairing or replacing. If you need a new chimney cap or if your chimney is not capped, we can install a new one to protect your chimney from water from rain and melted snow as well as from birds and animals.

Stock up on seasoned firewood.

If you do not cut and season your own firewood, find a trusted and reputable dealer in your town who sells seasoned (dried) firewood. Typically, the wood should have been cut and stored for at least six months to be sufficiently seasoned. This kind of wood will allow you to burn less wood and produce less creosote.

Get a spark guard.

To keep hot embers from jumping out of the fire to burn someone or ignite a fire, install a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors. This is an excellent accessory for fire safety, especially if you have young children.

Practice the best wood burning tips.

Do not overstuff your firebox with wood. Fires that are too hot can damage or crack the chimney as well as produce a large amount of creosote. Place logs at the back of the fireplace on a metal grate, and use kindling to start a fire.

Need more winter preparation tips for your fireplace and chimney? Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn safe and efficient wood burning practices.