What Is a “Certified” Sweep?

 

Responsibilities and Obligations of a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep

Chimney sweeps certified by CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) are held to a higher standard of both performance and professional behavior than those who are not.  Some of the responsibilities and obligations of certification by CSIA include:

CSIA Certified - Chimney & Vent Service - Mason's Chimney Service

CSIA Certified – Chimney & Vent Service – Mason’s Chimney Service

  • Learning about and utilizing the chimney and venting safety practices and techniques which are recommended by CSIA.
  • Compliance with applicable building codes, with manufacturer’s installation instructions for products installed, and with recognized venting and chimney practices.
  • Educating consumers about chimney and venting safety procedures.
  • Continually striving to update skills, knowledge, and technique with regard to current safety practices for the chimney and venting of the fireplace.
  • Dealing honestly and fairly with customers and refraining from engaging in any deceptive or unfair practices.
  • Behaving in a respectful, decent, and professional manner when serving in the capacity as a chimney sweep.

Proficiencies of a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

Perhaps the most vital element of becoming a certified chimney sweep is the knowledge gained.  The education and testing program that’s part of the CSIA certification includes a demonstration of aptitude in:

  • The best practices and skillful techniques of the trade.
  • Technicalities related to chimney dynamics and construction.
  • Wood burning physics and the formation of creosote.
  • Applicable codes, standards, and clearances.
  • EPA requirements and solid fuel appliances.

Questions the CSIA recommends people ask of a chimney sweep business include:

  • How much experience do the professional chimney sweeps have, and how long has the company been in business in the area?
  • Do you have references from current customers?
  • Is the company appropriately insured with a valid business liability insurance policy, to protect customers’ homes and furnishings in the event of an accident?
  • Does the company guarantee that the person who will perform the work is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep?
  • Are there any unanswered complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau or with a city or state consumer protection agency?
  • What tools do you plan to use during inspection?

 

 

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