Your chimney is a vital part of your home’s infrastructure. Keeping it properly cleaned and maintained keeps your home and your family safe from the danger of a chimney fire. Your chimney sweep helps you to make sure your chimney and fireplace are clean from fire-causing creosote and debris and that every part of the fireplace-chimney system is free from damage and functioning properly.
Knowing how important your chimney sweep is in keeping your home safe makes it scary to think that anyone with the right brushes and equipment can market themselves as a chimney sweep. That is why our certification from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is so important.
CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are educated and tested in their trade, which means when you hire a certified sweep, you’re getting a professional who understands chimneys, fireplaces and heating stoves. Before becoming certified, sweeps must attend a review and must pass an exam. The tests confirm that the sweeps fully comprehend industry best practices for cleaning, inspecting and repairing chimneys; the proper construction of chimneys and fireplaces; the science behind how wood burns and how creosote forms; the codes and standards for chimney construction, vent construction and fireplace installation; and EPA requirements for home-heating appliances. After being certified, sweeps receive the latest industry information from the CSIA and must renew their certification annually. Every three years, sweeps must be recertified.
CSIA-certified sweeps are bound by a code of conduct
The CSIA certification guarantees that you are hiring a true professional. When sweeps seek their CSIA certification, they bind themselves to a professional code of conduct that states they will abide by the CSIA’s industry best practices; know and comply with all local codes related to chimneys, fireplaces and heating stoves; follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing, repairing and maintaining stoves, chimneys and fireplaces; be professional at all times; and advise their customers on how to safely operate and maintain their chimneys, fireplaces and stoves.
The CSIA certification is one important sign that you can trust our chimney sweeps. Environmental Chimney Service fits other CSIA recommendations for choosing a reliable chimney sweeping service. We have been in business for 15 years, so you know we’re experienced and dependable. We are also members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association and the Asheville Homebuilder’s Association.
If you’re looking for a chimney sweep; if you’re in need of chimney or stove repairs; or if you’re looking to have a new fireplace, heating stove or chimney installed, call the CSIA-certified professionals at Environmental Chimney Service! With our CSIA certification, experience and level of customer satisfaction, you can be confident that your chimney and fireplace will be well taken care of.