An annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment is crucial to ensure your fireplace and chimney system will work safely and efficiently each winter, but finding the best chimney sweep to hire for this job can be challenging, especially if you are new to the area and cannot ask for recommendations from your family and friends. However, if you know to look for a sweep who has been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), you can feel sure about your hiring decision. A certification from the CSIA is a guarantee that the sweep has the necessary knowledge and training to do this task properly. Ace Chimney Sweeps understands the value of CSIA certification, and we would like to tell you more about its importance.

What exactly is the CSIA?

In 1983, the CSIA became the leader in the chimney and venting industry in providing education, training, and professional certification to chimney professionals. The CSIA certification process includes the skills, techniques, and safety practices that chimney technicians need to do their jobs at the highest level possible. This trusted non-profit organization also promotes public awareness of the dangers and the risks involved with fireplaces and chimneys, including chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks. CSIA-certified chimney sweeps educate homeowners about operating and maintaining their chimney and venting systems.

How does a chimney sweep earn CSIA certification?

The first step in receiving this certification is preparing for the exams, which are based on three publications: Successful Chimney Sweeping, the 2016 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 Code, and the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC). Options for studying for these exams include a hands-on training session at the CSIA’s National Chimney Sweep Training School, an in-person review session at various sites across the country, and an online review session. Once sweeps have reviewed for the two certification exams, they have up to one year to successfully pass them. When taking these exams, chimney sweeps are required to pay their fees as well as sign the CSIA Code of Ethics. This code is important to you as a customer because the sweeps pledge to stay current with changes in chimney technology as well as with updates to building codes. When signing the code of ethics, chimney sweeps promise to conduct themselves fairly and honestly on the job.

When you hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, you are guaranteed to have a knowledgeable, trained, and trusted technician who can help with any chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs you may have. If you live in the Elkton, MD area, contact Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance services with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.