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When hiring a team of sweeps to work on your chimney and fireplace, there are a few important questions you should be asking yourself. For instance, do they receive a lot of positive reviews? Are they insured? How long have they been in business? All of these say a lot about a company, but there is one more question you definitely don’t want to miss: Are they certified?
In the chimney industry, earning certifications is a vital part of bringing customers the best care possible, and it ensures the sweeps don’t miss a thing when it comes to the safety and efficiency of your appliance. Both the CSIA and the NFI play a big part in educating sweeps across the country and, here at Lords Chimney, we’re proud to be associated with both of them.
What Is The CSIA
The CSIA, or Chimney Safety Institute of America, is a nonprofit organization that has been setting the standard for chimney and fireplace education since its start back in 1983. The leaders of the CSIA strive to keep sweeps up-to-date and knowledgeable on everything they need to know about your chimney’s anatomy, and they also strive to keep homeowners educated on the safest ways to operate their fireplace.
Now, becoming certified with the CSIA is no easy feat, which is one reason why hiring a team that has put in the time and effort to do so is always a better bet. It takes hours of studying, training, and test-taking to earn this honor, so you can rest easier knowing the sweeps that have it truly know their stuff.
The Process To Be Certified
What’s the process like exactly? Well, technicians will first purchase multiple training materials that must be studied thoroughly. Next, they need to do one of the following: attend a training school, go to a review session in person, or take an online review of these materials. Each option requires a lot of time and dedication! Finally, there is the exam that consists of two parts: a one-hour, 100-question portion and an hour and a half open-book portion.
As you can see, the whole process takes a considerable amount of time, and CSIA certified sweeps are required to renew their certifications every three years, as well. This is done by either taking an exam again or by obtaining a high number of continuing education units. This ensures they are always on top of any new developments, as well as updates on techniques, tools, or technology.
Finally, the CSIA offers the option to become a Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, which ensure the techs you hire know everything they need to know about thoroughly cleaning out your dryer vents. This reduces the risk of dryer fires significantly, and it keeps your appliance functioning as efficiently as possible.
The NFI is another organization that certifies sweeps. NFI stands for National Fireplace Institute, and it specializes in equipping sweeps to install hearth appliances and venting systems correctly. When it comes to installation services, even small mishaps or mistakes can lead to bringing problems for the homeowners, so getting these techniques down precisely is essential.
Like the CSIA, the NFI is a nonprofit, and it has been offering its services to industry professionals since 1981. NFI professionals must take an in-depth examination before earning their credential, and they must renew it every 3 years by taking a new exam. If there are any new products introduced into the field or any new and improved approaches when it comes to installation strategies, you can bet an NFI certified expert will know about it!
Certified Chimney Professionals
A Certified Chimney Professional certification is another certification sweeps can earn to improve their fireplace knowledge. This achievement is earned by purchasing their specific manual, then taking an examination over the materials. Once you successfully pass the test, you get your certificate.
Passing this exam takes experience, training, and a lot of expert knowledge. If the sweeps you hire have done so, it is clear that they are dedicated individuals who will continuously strive to go above and beyond for their customer base.
The Lords Chimney Crew Is Certified With Them All
If you’ve worked with us before, then you may know our technicians, Lee, Llynn, and Billy. They are all certified with the CSIA, and they have received a number of accomplishments with the other organizations listed above, as well. Well, now we’re proud to add two new certified sweeps, Ivan and Ryan, to our team. When you work with us, you can stress less because we’ve got a great team of qualified technicians on the job!
We’re Also Members Of The NCSG
Member of the NCSG
The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) doesn’t offer certifications but, by being associated with them, you are given the opportunity to attend conferences, stay up-to-date on industry news, and stay connected with others in the same line of business. This institute is all about promoting success and safety, ensuring homeowners everywhere receive the best care possible. We’re proud to be a part of this distinguished group!
Call Today To Make An Appointment
Whether you’re overdue for an inspection, need creosote swept out, are struggling with crumbling brickwork, or something else, we are confident our crew can help you out. We handle leak repairs, relining work, nest removal, troubleshooting, installation work, and a whole lot more. Don’t hesitate to reach out now for the care and attention you deserve.
It is an unfortunate fact that thousands of house fires occur every single year in the United States. These disasters leads to countless injuries, multiple deaths, and millions of dollars worth of damage. That being said, many of these were entirely preventable, meaning you can take steps towards preventing them from occurring in your home.
Ready to learn more? Read below. Then, count on the team at Lords Chimney to handle your fireplace, chimney, and venting maintenance, ensuring you stay as safe as possible in the years ahead.
Schedule A Dryer Vent Cleaning
If your dryer vents are clogged up and filled with debris, it won’t be long before things overheat. As you can imagine, when the high temperatures produced by the appliance combine with your flammable lint, a fire could easily ignite. An annual cleaning will ensure your system stays free of lint build up, and it should guarantee a better functioning appliance, too. It’s a win-win!
Leaving things like candles and fireplace fires unattended can increase your risk of fire significantly. It is also important to keep flammable items away from these things. We know how tempting it can be to decorate your mantle or place candles throughout your holiday decor, but these items can easily catch on fire before you even realize anything is wrong.
This is also goes for your cooking habits! Don’t leave pots, pans, or boiling water on a heated stove unless you are there to keep an eye on it. It only takes a second for something to go awry.
Invest In Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers
Sometimes a fire will start, but can be stopped immediately with the appropriate preventative measures. Smoke detectors are known for preventing countless fires and for keeping homeowners and their families safer, as well. Along with this, a fire extinguisher can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing further damage. Invest in yours today!
Keep An Eye On Cords & Wiring
Frayed cords and wiring should always be repaired or replaced right away to decrease the chance of a fire starting. Also, never hide them under rugs, curtains, or furniture, as the heat from the electricity produced can cause harm, as well.
Invest In Annual Chimney Inspections
An annual chimney inspection is CSIA recommended, and it can make a big difference when it comes to operating a safer and more efficient fireplace. If you live in Houston or any of its surrounding areas, the team here at Lords Chimney can help you out! When you call us in, we can check for any flammable obstructions, such as birds nests or twigs, and we can look for excess creosote, too, which is known for triggering chimney fires.
Chimney inspections also allow us to spot chimney damages that could be putting your home at risk. Ready to get yours scheduled? Call our certified crew in today.
Is your chimney liner in bad shape? Often times, people assume that a faulty liner calls for a full relining job, which can be costly and time consuming. Before jumping into anything, we encourage you to contact our crew, as you might just need some repair work. This would take a lot less of your time, money, and patience! Ask our team of CSIA-certified experts about how we can help you out using HeatShield, a durable product that will keep your chimney standing strong for years to come!
Why Is A Well-Functioning Liner Important?
The CSIA promotes three main functions of your chimney liner, and trust us, they make a big difference in how safely and efficiently your appliance functions! First of all, it guards the rest of your home from the high temperatures your fireplace produces. Without a properly working liner in place, it’s only a matter of hours before adjacent woodwork could catch on fire, putting your home and family at serious risk.
Secondly, a chimney liner will protect your masonry, keeping it in better health for years to come. If damages are present, the heat will wear down your brickwork and mortar, eating away at your chimney until it’s no longer safe for use. This also opens pathways for harmful fumes, like carbon monoxide, to enter the home and affect the health of you and loved ones.
Finally, when your liner is fitted appropriately, it ensures your fireplace and chimney function as efficiently as possible. It keeps your air flow in check and helps prevent creosote from accumulating at a more rapid pace, ensuring everything runs properly.
We Have Two HeatShield Methods
We provide our customers with two different methods for HeatShield chimney liner repair, so we can offer the best option based upon your specific needs. Our technicians will use a camera to thoroughly inspect your system, so we know exactly what the problem is and how to address it. We’ll even be able to show you what we see, so you’re in the loop throughout the entire process!
If your system needs gaps, cracks, and holes repaired, we can use specially designed tools to fill them up, leaving you with a smooth and seamless surface at the end of it all. After this is complete, we’ll re-inspect your system to ensure we didn’t miss a thing! Now, that’s satisfaction guaranteed.
Other times, the entire chimney liner needs resurfacing. In these cases, we’ll prime the liner by removing any dust, then we’ll apply HeatShield to the entire system. The entire surface of your liner will be good as new, and we’ll verify no damages are present with a video scan. There’s no better way to feel peace of mind!
Not Gonna Cut It – I Need Relining Work!
If repairs aren’t gonna do the trick, then relining it is. We can reline your system with a stainless steel liner, so you know you’ll have years of protection and stress-free enjoyment of your fireplace.
No matter what the issue is, let our team take a look. We’ll find the right solutions for your unique circumstances, so you’ll be up and running again in no time! Trust in our crew today.
Have you been noticing some bad smells coming in from your fireplace? This is obviously less than ideal, but fortunately there are solutions out there to get your home smelling fresh and good again. Check out some options below, then give us a call so we can figure out the issue and resolve it together. The team at Lords Chimney is ready to serve you!
Schedule That Sweeping
The CSIA recommends scheduling an inspection at least once per year to ensure your chimney is functioning properly, often times, these inspections can lead to the discovery of excess creosote. If you have yet to get your inspection done for the year, give us a call now so that we can check things over! Creosote buildup can cause significant odors to sweep through your home, and if we detect an issue, we can get a sweeping scheduled so you don’t have to suffer any longer.
A good sweeping ensures your fireplace and chimney stay cleaner and safer for regular use, so why not give us a call right away? Rest easier this spring and summer knowing you’re good to go!
Do You Have A Top Sealing Damper?
If you don’t have a top sealing damper, then now may be the time to have yours installed. While throat dampers have done a good job for homeowners over the years, there’s simply no denying that a top sealing option works wonders for keeping your home free from outside air and improving its energy efficiency. And, as you can imagine, they are great for keeping the stink out!
So, how do they work? Well, they are installed at the top of your chimney and work with your chimney cap to keep out downdrafts, water, animals, and excess debris. They also come with a rubber seal, so outdoor air will stay outside where it belongs, and your air conditioning and heat won’t have the opportunity to escape. They’re easy to use, extremely efficient, and they’ll keep those bad odors away, for sure!
Avoid Water Issues
Excess moisture and water in your chimney can trigger some big issues and bad smells, so taking the proper precautions and investing in preventative maintenance beforehand may help eliminate bad odors. There are lots of things we can do to keep water away for good. Replacing your chimney cap, fixing your flashing, rebuilding your crown, tuckpointing, and waterproofing are all effective services that stop moisture from entering your chimney system.
Let us look things over to see what you may need. Our CSIA-trained and -certified experts will be able spot any issues and resolve them before they get worse, giving you the peace of mind you deserve when operating your fireplace. What are you waiting for? Give us a call now at 281-497-4000!
At Lords Chimney, we take pride in our long list of certifications, associations, awards, and 5-star reviews. With one look at our credentials, it’s clear that we take what we do seriously! One institution we’d like to focus on is the National Chimney Sweep Guild(NCSG). This nonprofit organization exists to help chimney and venting companies advance in their field so that sweeps can bring the best service to their customers.
It’s a place that helps promote professionalism and safety for homes and companies throughout the country. The founders are always pushing to help business owners become more knowledgeable in this ever-changing and developing field.
Educational Benefits Of NCSG Membership
As you can probably tell, being a member of the NCSG is something we take pride in. It also brings countless benefits to us as local business owners. Through it, we get support from other professionals in the field, as well as countless discounts that help us enhance productivity, so that we can better serve our customers day after day!
But one of the best benefits is the educational opportunities we are able to take advantage of. The NCSG is able to offer their members easier access to CSIA certifications, seminars, conventions, safety programs, webinars, and a whole lot more! All of these provide information that we can use in our day-to-day operations to help us better serve the communities we love.
In a field where technology, techniques, and regulations are ever-changing, there is no doubt that it’s important to stay up to date on it all. With help from the NCSG, we can do just that! And as members, you can count on us to know it all when we provide your chimney with the maintenance and repairs necessary for efficient and safer functioning.
Why Hire An NCSG Member?
When you hire a sweep for your chimney inspections, sweepings, and more, you deserve to work with someone you can trust. If your sweep is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, you can rest easy knowing they’ll treat you and your fireplace with respect! Members are required to sign a code of ethics that ensures they will be honest and professional with every homeowner they come into contact with.
The NCSG is also nationally recognized, and it’s easier than ever to verify a sweep’s association with it by using their online member locator. This is an organization that is completely committed to providing fireplace owners with the best and most knowledgeable service available.
Keep Your Home Safer By Working With Us
A clean and well-maintained chimney and fireplace doesn’t just ensure higher efficiency… it also makes your home a safer place to live! Ensure your loved ones stay out of harm’s way by calling in our highly trained and qualified staff today. When you work with Lords Chimney, you work with the best!