When you have chimney problems, you may think that your regular handyman can take care of the issue for you. However, a chimney and venting system is very complex, and if your handyman is unfamiliar with one, he may not be able to completely solve your problem. Finding a good chimney repair company can be challenging because, unfortunately, there are many unreliable ones out there. One thing you should always look for when hiring a chimney company is whether or not the company holds any professional certifications. Ace Chimney Sweeps is proud to employ chimney technicians who have received certifications from The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and Fireplace Investigation, Research, & Education Service (FIRE). We would like to tell you about these organizations and why their certifications are so important.
To be sure your chimney has been properly swept and inspected, you should hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep to do the job. During their certification process, technicians review the best techniques for maintaining and repairing chimneys. After passing the certification exam, technicians sign the CSIA Code of Ethics, which includes using honest business practices so you can trust their estimates.
Formed in 2001 as the professional certification department of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Foundation, the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) can certify professionals in installing and repairing fireplaces in three different fuel types — wood-burning, gas, and pellet. You can become certified in all three specialties and receive recognition as a Master Hearth Professional. NFI is well respected by states and municipalities as the standard for hearth installation safety.
The Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service developed a fireplace and chimney inspector certification program to provide education and hands-on training to technicians in the chimney industry. Not only does this program include information on building codes and regulations, but it also focuses on causes of chimney fires and other fireplace hazards. If you are buying an older home with a fireplace, having the chimney inspected by a FIRE Inspector will prepare you for potential problems concerning the fireplace and chimney system.
At Ace Chimney Sweeps, we take our work very seriously. This is why our technicians have gone through the certification procedures with the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fireplace Institute, and the Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service. If you live in the Elkton, MD area, contact us for all of your chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs.