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The Value of a CSIA Certification

The Value of a CSIA Certification Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.When you are hiring a chimney sweep, you want to be sure you are hiring someone who knows what he is doing and who will be honest with you about the condition of your chimney. One way to find a trusted chimney sweep is to ask your friends and family for their recommendations, but what do you do when you move to a new city? The best way to be certain you are hiring the right chimney sweep is to check to see if the sweep has been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). For those who live in the Hudson Valley area, you can schedule an appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney & Masonry. Because all of our sweeps have gone through the CSIA certification process, we would like to tell you more about the value of this industry standard.

The CSIA Code of Ethics

Although, of course, receiving the education and training needed to pass the two certification exams is important, all chimney sweeps must sign the CSIA Code of Ethics before they can receive the official certification. If you want to know why it is so valuable to hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, all you need to do is familiarize yourself with the code. These chimney sweeps pledge to do the following:

  • Learn about and use the chimney and venting safety practices that are recommended by the CSIA
  • Be honest and fair when rendering chimney and fireplace services and not engage in any unfair or deceptive practices or make any dishonest or deceptive statements on the job
  • Recognize and comply with all applicable building and fire safety codes as well as the manufacturers’ instructions when installing, maintaining, and repairing chimney and fireplace components
  • Teach and promote chimney, venting, and fireplace safety practices to consumers
  • Keep up with changes in chimney and venting technology and safety practices to continually update knowledge, skills, and techniques
  • Behave respectfully, decently, and professionally when working as a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
  • Failure to follow this Code of Ethics will result in the revocation of this certification.

If you live in the Hudson Valley area, contact us at All Seasons Chimney & Masonry. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are here to be sure your chimney will work safely and efficiently this winter.

The Advantage to Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping

The Advantage to Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.Before you light your first fire of the year this fall, you need to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. Fire safety organizations, including the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend these chimney maintenance services be done in the summer to be sure your fireplace and chimney pose no hazards. Summertime can be a very busy season with vacations and summer camps, and All Seasons Chimney understands that making your chimney sweep appointment can slip your mind. When you forget to schedule your chimney sweeping before fall, you may have to wait for a few weeks before we will be able to get to your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps have full calendars from September to December, so it can be hard making the appointment on the date that works best for you. To help you be sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected every summer, we offer the option of forward scheduling your sweeping appointment. This option allows you to guarantee that your fireplace will be ready to use as soon as you wish. We would like to tell you why an annual chimney sweeping and inspection is so important for your chimney to work safely and efficiently.

Removing creosote

When you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, it is inevitable to have creosote deposits building up on the walls of your chimney. A natural compound, creosote forms during condensation that occurs during the combustion process of burning wood. Not only is creosote stinky and dirty, it is so highly flammable that the CSIA has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. This is why an annual chimney sweeping is so essential. If the creosote is not removed each year, it can build up in large accumulations that can easily ignite if the internal temperature of your chimney gets hot enough. All Seasons Chimney will reduce your risk of experiencing a dangerous chimney fire.

Finding damage that could cause your chimney to be unsafe

When the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps from All Seasons Chimney inspect your chimney every year, they are looking for problems that could make your chimney a safety hazard. Your chimney will be checked to be sure no debris is blocking the flue as this can cause carbon monoxide and other toxic gases to be forced back into your home. The exterior of your chimney will be examined for damaged and missing bricks and mortar joints, which allow water to easily enter your chimney to cause more damage. Cracked and loose bricks and mortar joints can also jeopardize the soundness of the structure of your chimney. If we find any damage or other issues, they will be included in the written evaluation of the condition of your chimney with photos of the problems. We will also provide you with a written estimate of the repairs that are necessary to make your chimney work safely.

Forward scheduling your chimney sweeping has many advantages. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn more about this convenient option to make sure your chimney has been properly swept and inspected every year.