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The Importance of Having Your Boiler or Furnace Chimney Swept and Inspected

The Importance of Having Your Boiler or Furnace Chimney Swept and Inspected Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.If you heat your home with an oil-fired furnace or boiler, you need to know how important it is to have its chimney cleaned and inspected every year. Many people think that since it is not a fireplace, their chimneys do not need to be maintained in the same way, but the acids that are produced by your furnace or boiler can be harmful to the flue. These chimneys can also become clogged with soot and force toxic gases like carbon monoxide back into your home. To keep your furnace or boiler working efficiently and safely, you need to have its chimney swept and inspected as well as having the appliance itself serviced every year. All Seasons Chimney is proud to offer chimney maintenance services for furnaces and boilers, and we would like to share with you some information from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) about why it is important to have this service done.

I have my furnace serviced every year by an oil service technician. Isn’t this the same thing as having the chimney inspected?

While your oil service technician may shovel out the base of the chimney and brush out the pipes that connect your furnace to the chimney, he probably will not clean the actual chimney. He may tell you your furnace is okay without even inspecting the chimney. When All Seasons Chimney inspects your chimney, we will not only inspect the interior of the chimney, but we will also go up to the roof to check out the exterior of the chimney, including the chimney cap and the flashing system.

How the acidic gases produced by my furnace or boiler damage my chimney?

If you have a stainless steel liner, the sulfuric acid reaction to the soot produced by your furnace or boiler can cause small holes to form, which can make your liner unsafe to use. These tiny holes allow the toxic byproducts of combustion to leak back into your home. The same thing can happen to a clay tile liner. All Seasons Chimney will remove the soot deposits on your liner which can prevent the sulfuric acid reaction from occurring and damaging your liner.

What can I expect from this maintenance service from All Seasons Chimney?

When we arrive to your home to sweep and inspect your chimney, we will begin by setting up our equipment and sealing off areas of your home that may allow soot to enter. We will disconnect the pipe that connects your appliance to the chimney, sweep it, and reconnect it. We will then inspect the exterior of your chimney, sweep the chimney to loosen and remove the soot deposits, and then inspect the interior of the chimney. After we have finished our service, we will restart your furnace or boiler for you.

If you have an oil-fired furnace or boiler, you should not neglect its chimney. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule a sweeping and inspection of your chimney to be sure your appliance will work efficiently and safely.

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.