Qualifications are important for all workers, regardless of field. If I love my car and it isn’t working right, I want it examined by the most qualified mechanic. If I’m getting my appendix out, I want the doctor to be tops in the business. Building a new home? Make sure that the contractor knows his business, purchases top of the line materials, and finishes the task in a timely manner. The same is definitely true of hiring a chimney sweep. You want to hire a competent sweep.
What To Look For In A Sweep
There are several things that you want to look for when you hire a chimney sweep. How long have they been in business? Are there any unresolved complaints against this company? Do they have valid liability insurance? Will they get on the roof? All of these are important questions, and you want to make sure they give the right answers so that you are hiring the sweep that’s right for you. One way to be sure? Look at their certifications.
What Does it Mean to be Certified
When a chimney sweep goes through training to become certified, what exactly does that mean? First, it means they are willing to put in the effort to study and work to get the training necessary to earn this honor. Some of the things that sweeps are looking to gain earning the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certification are how to sweep and inspect different types of chimney systems, the codes, clearances, standards, and practices of the chimney service trade, health and safety concerns, and how to properly use the equipment necessary for inspecting chimney systems . CSIA certification is recognized across the chimney sweep industry as being highly knowledgeable about the inspection and maintenance of chimney systems and venting systems. In addition, insurance underwriters and local, state, and federal agencies recognize this measurement of chimney inspection quality.
Another valued certification in the chimney sweep industry is National Fire Institute (NFI) certification. The National Fire Institute is dedicated to keeping the public safe by setting high standards for professionals involved in installing and planning hearth appliances used in residential settings. Their educational materials also cover the venting industry. If a professional has NFI certification, you know that they have the best educational resources available for them to use when inspecting and sweeping your chimney.
Hire A Certified Professional
FireSafe Chimney Services is certified with both CSIA and NFI. We are dedicated to following all the industry’s rules and regulations, and maintaining the highest quality training and equipment. For quality service and customer satisfaction, call us today!