If you have hired a chimney sweep or professional dryer vent cleaner in the past, you might know the value of searching for a CSIA-certified chimney sweep. The CSIA — the Chimney Safety Institute of America — is an industry leader in training, education, and certification for chimney sweeps. When you hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, you know you’re getting a trained professional who knows how to install, maintain and repair your fireplace or heating stove.
But did you know that CSIA certification goes beyond the basic certifications for chimney sweeps and dryer vent technicians? If you want the most qualified chimney service professionals in the industry, you can look for a CSIA Master Chimney Sweep.
What does a CSIA master certification show?
A CSIA Master Chimney Sweep certification demonstrates that your chimney sweep is an exceptionally well-trained industry veteran. When you hire a sweep with the CSIA Master Chimney Sweep designation, you are getting the best of the best. Master sweeps have gone beyond the regular CSIA certification training and requirements to set themselves apart as elites in the field. And these master sweeps have kept their certifications and good standing with the CSIA year after year.
How to CSIA-certified sweeps become CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps?
CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps first must obtain their CSIA chimney sweep certification and must hold that certification for a minimum of 10 years. They also have to be certified as a CSIA Dryer Exhaust Technician. On top of that, CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps must complete CSIA courses in chimney physics, inspection and report writing or diagnosis and documentation, masonry repair for chimney professionals and lining masonry chimneys with stainless steel liners. Finally, CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps must currently hold a certification from the National Fireplace Institute, obtained through the CSIA’s Installing and Troubleshooting Wood Heating Appliances or the Installing and Troubleshooting Gas Hearth Appliances class, or the sweep must hold an NFI certification that is at least six years old, be a FIRE certified inspector of hold an associate’s degree, or higher in fire science from an accredited college.
Where can you find a CSIA Master Chimney Sweep?
Because of the rigorous requirements, CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps are a rare breed; there are fewer than 35 CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps nationwide! You can find a full list of CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps on the CSIA website. Fortunately for homeowners on the Kansas/Missouri border, Kansas City is home to the one the area’s only CSIA Master Chimney Sweeps. At Fluesbrothers Chimney Service, owner Jeremy Biswell is proud to hold the CSIA Master Chimney Sweep designation. That designation means that Fluesbrothers is uniquely equipped to handle all of your fireplace and chimney issues, from minor maintenance to the most extensive repair or rebuild.
If you are in need of chimney or fireplace services in or around Kansas City, call Fluesbrothers to schedule your appointment today!