There’s a difference between people who are titled “Certified Chimney Sweeps” and other people who might perform some version of chimney cleaning. A CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep is a person who has undergone extensive training and learning in order to provide homeowners with safe, efficient chimney cleaning work. Insurance companies, industry organizations, state and federal agencies and many other entities recognize the professional certification awarded by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. At any given time in the U.S., there are only about 1,800 individuals who carry the title CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep.
How Chimney Services Workers Become CSIA-Certified
The road to becoming a certified chimney sweep involves:
Learning about chimney technology and venting essentials
Understanding the International Residential Code, which covers standards used in the design, build and compliance processes
Gaining knowledge of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 211, which is the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents and solid fuel-burning appliances
Candidates then do a thorough in-person or online review followed by an extensive examination to prove that their knowledge and understanding of the study materials is sound. If you see a chimney worker with a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep patch or decal in your Overland Park neighborhood, you know that this is a person who has gone above and beyond to gain the necessary skills to be among the very best chimney technicians in your area.
Put a CSIA-Certified Tech to Work at Your Overland Park Home
The professionals at Fluesbrothers Chimney & Fireplace in nearby Kansas City, KS, hold CSIA certifications and can perform a wide range of functions designed to keep your chimney and heating appliances working safely and properly.
Chimney sweeps clean creosote and obstruction buildups from the inside of chimney flues. We do a lot of chimney cleaning throughout Overland Park to reduce the risk of a chimney fire started by flammable creosote and to ensure smooth smoke drafting and prevent backups of deadly carbon monoxide into our customers’ homes.
Chimney cleaning (as well as chimney repairs and chimney inspections) is not a job for a novice. Only a certified chimney sweep has the professional equipment and the verified training to do the job safely and correctly the first time.
Chimney Repair In Overland Park KS
Fluesbrothers technicians undertake all manner of chimney repair work for our Overland Park customers. Our services include but are not limited to:
Masonry repair and tuckpointing
Chimney crown repair, rebuilding and waterproofing
Leaky chimney diagnosis and repair
Chimney cap repair and replacement
Chimney liner inspection, repair and installation
Addressing drafting/venting issues
Roof flashing repair and replacement
Smoke chamber parging
The best way to keep chimney repairs at a minimum is to schedule an annual chimney inspection with one of our trained chimney sweeps.
A basic inspection covers all the visible areas of the chimney structure and its components. The majority of problems a chimney may have will be discovered during this inspection and the most practical and effective chimney repair services will be recommended.
Timely chimney inspections can save you big money over the years by spotting trouble when it’s simple and easy to fix. Inspections don’t take long and will not disrupt your lifestyle.
Fireplace Installations & Heating Stove Installations in Overland Park KS
Our CSIA-certified personnel are always ready to help you find the ideal new fireplace or heating stove and then expertly install it in your home. Fireplace installation and heating stove installation should be done only by trained individuals with verified hands-on experience.
Many insurance carriers will not cover damage to these appliances or to the home if the installation was performed by homeowners or novice “handymen.” It pays to have experts handle this and all other aspects of your chimney and heating appliance needs. For professional, CSIA-certified chimney cleaning, chimney repairs, chimney inspections or appliance installations at your home in Overland Park, call Fluesbrothers first at (913) 236-7141.