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Fall is fast approaching don’t wait to book an appointment

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Late summer and early fall are a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the balmy weather with the ones we love. It is also a great time to get your home ready for the cold winter months ahead. When winterizing your home, it is important to also get your fireplace and chimney ready for heavy use. Being proactive and getting your chimney and fireplace service needs taken care of now, instead of when it gets cooler out, has its advantages. At Old Smokey’s, we think now is a great time to book an appointment for your annual chimney inspection and we’d like to tell you why.

Beat the rush

When cold weather comes in, people naturally start using their fireplaces again for the fall and winter. With this usually comes an onslaught of chimney inspection and maintenance needs. Because of this, we here at Old Smokey’s become incredibly busy with service calls and inspections. Although we would still be able to squeeze you in our schedule this time of year, it may be more difficult to meet up at a time that is most convenient for you. However, if you schedule your annual inspection now, you should be able to beat the fall rush and get a timeslot that works best for you.

Catch issues early

Another reason to schedule now is to catch problems early. Although your fireplace and chimney were probably working fine the last time you used it, a lot of things happened over the spring and summer that could cause issues for your chimney. One of the biggest issues we come across is debris falling in and animal nesting in the chimney over the summer. Blockages are a big deal and can cause issues with airflow and can also be a fire hazard. If there were any severe storms or flooding in the spring or summer, there could also be structural damage to your chimney which would require a higher level of inspection. If we catch any issues during an inspection, they will need to be repaired. If you schedule your inspection now, it can give us some time to repair any issues before cold weather sets in.

CSIA Certified

The most important thing you need to consider when selecting chimney sweep is to decide on someone who is experienced, safety-oriented, and puts customer needs above anything else. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is an organization dedicated to certifying chimney sweeps based off of these considerations. The CSIA certifies chimney sweeps through rigorous training and testing on the latest ventilation and chimney maintenance and safety techniques. We here at Old Smokey’s require that all our chimney sweeps become certified. That way, you know you are getting the best service available.

Now is a great time to schedule a chimney inspection! Beat the fall rush and call Old Smokey’s today to have one of our CSIA certified chimney sweeps inspect your chimney. If you live in northern Indiana, northern Ohio, or mid-Michigan region, you can reach us at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!

Your Local Certified Sweeps

Owning a chimney is a big responsibility. If there are issues with your chimney system that you are not aware of, it can cause complications with your fireplace’s performance, and be a considerable fire or structural safety hazard. With so much at risk, it is important that you choose a chimney sweep with the skills, training, and experience to inspect, maintain, and repair your chimney and fireplace. In addition to this, you want a chimney sweep that is going to conduct their business fairly and without cutting any corners. That’s why we here at Old Smokey’s want to let our customers know why it is important to us that all our chimney sweeps receive and maintain a certification from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Only a CSIA certified chimney sweep is qualified to perform maintenance, inspections, and repairs on your chimney and ventilation system.

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What is a CSIA certification?

The CSIA is a non-profit organization that was originated to create certification standards for chimney sweeps in relation to chimney and ventilation maintenance and safety. In addition to this, the CSIA also requires that chimney sweeps take an oath, promising to practice ethical business practices.

There are a few steps required to becoming CSIA certified. First, sweeps need to go through a rigorous training schedule related to the latest chimney, fireplace, and ventilation maintenance and repair techniques. Sweeps will then need to go through another training on chimney and ventilation safety issues and standards. Once their training is over, chimney sweeps need to pass a comprehensive exam based off of their training.

Once they’ve passed their exam, there is one final step that sweeps need to complete before certification. The CSIA has every sweep to create a personal code of ethics and conduct. This code of ethics is created with the consumer’s well being in mind. Each code must state that a chimney sweep will always keep their costumer’s safety as a top priority when working on their chimney and ventilation systems. They must also make a promise to never cut corners when working for a customer and to conduct ethical business standards. Once they develop their code, sweeps must swear to uphold their code, and perform their work with integrity. Once this step is completed, sweeps are eligible for certification.

Once a certification is issued, that doesn’t mean that a chimney sweep is done with the certification process. Technology is always changing, so sweeps need to stay current with the latest techniques related to chimney maintenance and safety. That’s why the CSIA requires all sweeps to be recertified every three years.

If you are in need of a chimney inspection or repair, now is a great time to schedule one! Beat the fall rush and call Old Smokey’s today to have one of our CSIA certified chimney sweeps inspect your chimney. If you live in the northern Indiana, northern Ohio, or mid-Michigan region, you can reach us at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online today!

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