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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!

Proudly Serving Fort Wayne Indiana

At Old Smokey’s, we’ve been proudly serving the Fort Wayne, Indiana area since 1981. With nearly four decades in the chimney sweeping industry, we’ve made a lot of wonderful connections and have a lot of satisfied customers in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Being in business this long is a direct product of the wonderful relationships we’ve made with our many customers. Our longevity in the chimney sweeping business has given us the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the communities that we serve and we want to let you know why the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana is such a great area to provide chimney services to.

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Fort Wayne Park

If you’re looking for something fun to do outdoors, look no further than Franke Park in Fort Wayne. Franke Park in a large 330-acre park which offers a wide variety of fun activities for everyone, including fishing, hiking, and outdoor play spaces. In addition to this, Franke Park offers one of a kind of experience at the Fort Wayne Kid’s Zoo. This zoo, located within Franke Park offers a large number of animals exhibits and educational experiences for kids and adults alike. Yet another entertainment service offered within Franke Park is the Foellinger Theatre. This 2,750 seat riverside event venue offers a wide variety of concerts, plays, musicals, and other events during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. With so much to do in one place, it’s no wonder why we love Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island

If you’re looking for some great food, Fort Wayne offers a wide variety of wonderful establishments. Perhaps the most iconic restaurant in Fort Wayne is Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island. Open since 1913, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island is the oldest coney stand in America and has been serving the best hotdog you can get for over 100 years! If your a seafood lover, Paula’s on Main offers a wide variety of seafood fine dining experience that is second to none. If you like your food with a patriotic twist, Sara’s Family Restaurant offers a classic American meal within a patriotic-themed setting. Finally, if you are looking to follow your meal with a couple of drinks, Junk Ditch Brewing Company has a wide variety of local craft brews to offer.

We Love Serving Our Community

There are a lot of wonderful people in Fort Wayne, so it’s understandable why we here at Old Smokey’s love serving this area with top-rated chimney service. Our service area doesn’t stop here though, it extends into Michigan and Ohio as well! If you are in need of a chimney inspection, cleaning, or maintenance, now is a great time to call Old Smokey’s and schedule an appointment. Beat the fall rush and call Old Smokey’s today at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to serving your community!

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