When your car needs to be inspected, only certain people are allowed to inspect it. The same goes for home repairs. Municipal codes dictate who can complete the work and when. Certain things are subject to regulation where safety is concerned. Unfortunately, the chimney industry is largely unregulated!
The CSIA Credential
In a field that is largely unregulated, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has made itself a national standard for chimney safety since its establishment in 1983. CSIA members undergo training in both the classroom and the field. They must take and pass a one-hour, 100 question exam based on successful chimney sweeping and then a 90-minute open-book exam based on residential code. After passing the examination portion, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps® (CCS) must sign a stringent Code of Ethics designed to protect consumers from scams related to chimney care and maintenance. If a CSIA member is found to be in violation of this code, membership can be revoked. Finally, CSIA certified sweeps must re-certify every three years in order to stay abreast of industry changes. Sweeps can re-certify by examination or continuing education credits.
The CSIA Difference
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the number of residential house fires through educating the public about fireplace and chimney safety. Through industry advancements, trades relationships, and gaining the recognition of safety organizations across the country, this mission has been a success in the last three decades.
Who Is and Isn’t Certified?
You can find CSIA certified chimney sweep companies online, but you can’t always guarantee that it’s a CSIA certified chimney sweep that will show up at your door. Some companies will train employees in the field, though they are overseen by a CSIA certified chimney sweep. Rest assured that when you choose Anderson’s Chimney, you will get a CSIA certified sweep every time. When you choose a CSIA company, that company will be licensed and insured; any mess they make will be covered completely as their responsibility. Choose Anderson’s so you can expect honest, reliable work, professionalism, and care. We have put customer safety and comfort first since the 1990’s, and the difference between Anderson’s and the competition is the CSIA certification. We know that education, training, and expertise means better service for our customers and safer homes in our communities!
When it’s time to schedule routine chimney maintenance, don’t trust your home to an amateur. Your chimney is one of the largest systems in your home and can be the most dangerous. Hire professionals who know the work, who stand by their work, and who get the job done right. Anderson’s offers installations, services, repairs, and more year-round. Why? Because chimney damage can devastate a home any time of year!