When it comes to chimney care, there is no doubt that hiring a strong company is important. Taking the time to ensure any business you hire is properly certified will benefit you! Fireplace safety is not something to take lightly. So, be sure to take that extra step and check for professional certifications before making any appointments.
Doing Your Research
So, what does being “certified” really mean? Unfortunately, this term can be thrown around pretty loosely. Just because a chimney company says it is certified, it does not necessarily mean the staff is qualified to take on your fireplace. It’s a sad reality, but we want you go into every chimney decision as informed and prepared as possible!
Be sure to take some time to look into the organizations the company claims to be certified by. Usually a quick search online will make it clear whether or not the place is legitimate.
Some things to look for are:
- a non-profit status.
- renewal requirements.
- a selfless mission statement.
- reference to a code of ethics.
- the length of time it has been around.
All of these things indicate the organization is a place you can trust!
One certification any reputable chimney company will have is the CSIA certification. The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) has been around since 1983. Thus, making it a well-established and respected organization. It truly holds the standard for chimney care and maintenance all throughout the country and strives to improve year after year.
The CSIA is also known for being highly ethical in all of their practices. They require their sweeps to renew their certifications on a regular basis. In addition, aim to do everything in their power to keep homeowners safe and well-educated on fireplace maintenance and safety.
If you fear that you have been scammed by someone claiming to be a CSIA certified sweep,? Contact the organization right away! They will promptly investigate and ensure that the matter is taken care of.
You Can Count On Us!
At Mason’s Chimney Service, we are CSIA-certified, so we know what we are doing when it comes to the health of your fireplace! On top of this, we have certifications with the Fireplace Investigation Research and Education Service, the National Fireplace Institute, and the Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician.
We are also members of the New Jersey Chimney Sweep Guild, the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the International Association of Fireplace & Chimney Inspectors, the Better Business Bureau, and the MidAtlantic Hearth Patio & BBQ Association.
Visit our website to learn more about each of these organizations, then keeping browsing to see all of the services we can offer you! We strive to make homes all throughout the area strong and looking great. Call on us today!