Hiring someone to trust to service your chimney system — and your home — to can be a bit nerve-wracking. After all, your chimney and fireplace need to be properly installed, repaired, serviced and maintained to heat your home safely and efficiently. Whether you are in need of a sweep for a simple annual sweeping and inspection or you require more extensive work, like chimney repair or fireplace installation, you want to be sure that you are hiring someone who does the job properly. In and around Ashville, NC, you can trust Environmental Chimney Service with your fireplace and chimney. Our techs always follow proper safety rules and regulations!
What safety rules and regulations should chimney sweeps follow?
When you’re not a chimney expert, it can be difficult to know what safety rules and regulations your chimney sweep should be following. There are a few general guidelines your chimney sweep should adhere to. First and foremost, every service your chimney sweep performs should be performed in adherence to industry best practices. If your chimney technician is performing a sweeping, he or she should be following the steps recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s (CSIA) three levels of chimney sweeping, and your tech should be able to explain the process they are using with you. The same goes for any repairs or services your chimney technician performs on your fireplace or chimney.
Your technician also should know all safety codes and regulations related to fireplaces and chimney systems, and they should know any additional local codes and regulations. Your tech should be committed to following all of those codes and regulations to ensure that your fireplace and chimney are safely and properly installed. If your technician is servicing a heating stove, fireplace insert or prefabricated fireplace, they should be aware of all of the manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications.
How do you know if your chimney technician will follow proper rules and regulations?
Of course, it can be difficult to tell if your chimney technician will follow the rules and regulations. Fortunately, there is a way to know that your chimney technician has been trained in the proper installation, cleaning, and maintenance of fireplaces and chimneys — Your chimney technician should be CSIA certified! To obtain CSIA certification, chimney sweeps have to undergo a training course and pass two sets of exams. Once certified, they have to keep up with continuing education and retake certification exams every few years. CSIA-certified technicians also are bound to a code of ethics to treat customers fairly and ethically, to follow all rules and regulations, and to follow all industry best practices.
At Environmental Chimney Service, we are CSIA certified! That means you can trust our chimney technicians to follow all rules and regulations to keep your home and your family safe. If you are in need of chimney services you can trust, call Environmental Chimney Service to schedule an appointment today!