At Lords Chimney, we hold and maintain CSIA certifications because they help us better serve you! The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit organization striving to educate sweeps and serve the public. We are proud to associate with them with every passing year.
Check out some reasons why we and countless other chimney companies throughout the country trust the CSIA!
High Ethical Standards
One reason we take such pride in holding CSIA credentials is due to their strict code of ethics. The founders of the CSIA feel it’s important to ensure homeowners can trust their sweeps to act professionally and be honest. In order for a sweep to complete their CSIA training, they must agree to use what they’ve learned to bring fair and helpful services to the areas that they serve.
The CSIA also wants homeowners to hold their sweeps accountable! If you hired a certified sweep, but feel that they are either lying about their certifications or that they aren’t living up to CSIA standards, report the sweep to the organization right away. Thanks to the CSIA’s commitment to the public, they’ll ensure corrective action is taken, so that you don’t have to face these issues again down the line.
A Mission For Safety
Another great aspect of the CSIA is it’s desire to promote education and fire safety in homes everywhere. It’s not just about keeping sweeps informed and up-to-date on fireplace knowledge… they want homeowners to be aware of these facts, too! The more a person knows about their fireplace, the less likely they are to experience a big disaster, such as a fire or gas leak. And the CSIA aims to avoid accidents like these at all costs.
Knowing more about your fireplace and chimney will also ensure that you don’t get scammed down the road. If you hired a sweep, and things just don’t seem to be adding up, the CSIA wants to make sure you’re not paying more services you may not need. By staying informed, you’ll be able to spot a scam artist from a mile away!
Standing The Test Of Time
The CSIA is also known for their longevity. This is an organization that has truly stood the test of time, and they continue being successful with every year that passes. They continuously search for ways to improve. In addition, they never fail to provide techs with new technology and techniques for better serving the public.
Since 1983, the CSIA has maintained its ethical standpoints and mission to keep homes throughout the country safer. When it comes to fireplace maintenance, they really know their stuff! And there’s a reason why they haven’t lost momentum in all these years. They never fail to receive support, and they are publicly promoted in various forms of popular media on a regular basis. When you hire a CSIA certified, you can bet that you’re in good hands!
When it comes to hiring a chimney company, there are many questions you should ask yourself. For instance, how long have they been in business? Do they have any current references or reviews that you can look over? You may also want to look into any complaints they have received. In addition, check for liability insurance.
All of these are important. However, a major thing that any good chimney company will have is certifications. If your technicians spent time and money obtaining certifications and going through the proper training, then they care about providing you the best service possible.
One certification any chimney sweep would be proud to obtain is one granted by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). The CSIA is highly esteemed in this industry. They hold the standard as far as what skills a chimney sweep should obtain.
The CSIA has been around since 1983, and has spent every year growing and training sweeps throughout the nation. They strive to make homes across America safer and love educating homeowners on how to keep their hearths in good health for decades. They also strive to remain ethical in everything they practice. Plus, want to protect fireplace owners from any potential scams.
The high standards maintained by the CSIA make these certifications highly desired by any company. Look for a CSIA certified sweep anytime you need an inspection, cleaning, repair, or more!
Don’t Be Fooled
Remember, always look for specifics! If a company claims to be certified, but does not say by who or what in, then they are likely trying to pull the wool over your eyes. The word “certification” can be thrown around loosely at times. Consequently, unqualified companies often twist it around to make themselves sound more advanced than they really are.
Because of this, it is important to do your homework! Check for the CSIA logo with any company you hire. Also, be sure to double-check any suspicious-sounding certifications they claim to have. If someone claims to be CSIA certified but doesn’t seem to have the skills to back it up? Contact the CSIA and they will investigate the matter further!
Lords Chimney Can Help You Out!
At Lords Chimney, we hold certifications with the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute. We also employ Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician sweeps, as well! We are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and have been reviewed by multiple places, such as Angie’s List and The Better Business Bureau.
Visit our website today to learn more about our many services and qualifications. You can also contact us 281-497-4000 with any questions! To request an appointment, either fill out the form online or give us call. We look forward to working with you!
When it comes to fireplace and chimney service, installation, and maintenance, finding the right company to work with can be hard to do. With so many businesses to choose from, it can be difficult to determine the seasoned professionals from the seasonal workers.
Although anyone with a brush and a truck might be able to call themselves a chimney sweep, few have earned the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, certification. By hiring a certified chimney sweep, you can feel confident that you are working with a highly trained and educated professional.
Are all chimney sweeps certified?
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that all chimney sweeps are created equally. Unfortunately, there are few regulations or restrictions on the industry. Because of this, any handyman with a couple of brushes can call themselves a chimney sweep. Oftentimes, these “chimney sweeps” do little more than push around the ash and soot in your chimney, making more of a mess than actually cleaning the chimney.
In order to get the best service possible for your fireplace and chimney system, it is important to work with a CSIA certified chimney sweep. The CSIA certification is recognized as the gold standard in the industry. Chimney sweeps that hold a CSIA certification have completed extensive education, training, and testing and represent the best in the industry in terms of skill and professionalism.
In order to earn their CSIA certification, chimney sweeps must study and be tested on topics such as:
- Fireplace and chimney safety practices
- Local and national building and fire codes
- Fireplace and chimney building dynamics for wide range of units
- Installation and maintenance practices for fireplaces, inserts, and stoves
- Current EPA standards for fireplaces, inserts, and stoves
CSIA certified chimney sweeps must also stay up to date on current industry practices. Because they must retest every three years in order to maintain their certification, CSIA-certified sweeps have information on the most recent safety and technology developments and best practices in the industry.
Hiring a certified chimney sweep
Because chimney maintenance can directly impact the safety of you and your family, it is important to work with a professional that you trust. Before hiring a chimney sweep, consider asking them the following questions:
- How long has your chimney sweeping company been in business?
- Can you offer current references?
- Do you have unresolved complaints filed with any consumer protection agencies or the Better Business Bureau?
- Does the company or the individual chimney sweep carry business liability insurance policy to protect my home and furnishings against accidents?
- Will the company guarantee that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on my job site?
Don’t trust your family’s safety to the cheapest company you can find. Instead, hire a CSIA certified chimney sweep to ensure that your chimney’s maintenance and repairs are done correctly – the first time. In the Houston area, contact Lords Chimney to schedule an appointment with our CSIA certified chimney sweeps!