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CSIA Certification-Why It’s Important When Choosing A Chimney Sweep

Top Notch Chimney Sweep & Service is dedicated to providing home owners with the absolute best service. That means when you contact us, we not only provide you an excellent customer experience, but you know our chimney and venting technicians have the training, skills, and certification needed to protect the health and safety of your family and home. When we opened Top Notch in 2002 we recognized the importance of having our technicians go through the CSIA training and certification program and stay certified through continuing education courses and yearly re-certification. It’s important to us, and it’s important to you.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those in the chimney industry the training and education necessary to prevent chimney and venting fires. CSIA is the only organization in the country offering certification programs to foster and facilitate the knowledge and expertise needed to properly care for your chimney and venting. CSIA sets the industry standards to protect home owners and ensure those calling themselves a “chimney sweep” truly have the proven and verifiable credibility to properly do what they say they are going to do.


What does CSIA certification mean?

Peace of mind in knowing that you are doing business with a chimney professional is why CSIA certification is so important. When both a technician and company commit the time, expense, and motivation to go through the CSIA certification process it means they take their role as a chimney professional very seriously. That translates to your peace of mind. When your health and safety are at stake you need to know you are doing business with someone you can trust.

CSIA certification means the technician has gone through and passed a rigorous education and certification process focused on proper evaluation and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. In order to receive their certification, technicians have intensive study along with written exams and hands-on testing of tools, techniques, residential codes, health and safety considerations, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) 211 Standards , and other relevant topics to provide the best in home service to customers. Technicians with the CSIA certification are a measure of the standards of the chimney service you are about to do business with and allow into your home.

Many people don’t realize the complexity of their chimney and household venting systems. Your chimney and venting are designed to channel hazardous smoke, flammable debris, and toxic gasses out of your home. When there is flammable residue, leaks, or masonry cracks the result can mean water damage to the integrity of your structure, fire risks, and toxic gas poisoning…things that aren’t apparent to the untrained until it’s too late.

CSIA and Top Notch don’t want these hazards go undetected in your home because you didn’t follow the CSIA recommendations to have yearly inspections and cleaning or you don’t use a qualified professional chimney sweep.Our CSIA certified technicians are trained to know what potential problems to look for and have the expertise needed to correct the problem before you have serious consequences.

Since you are reading this, you already have an interest in protecting your home and family. Don’t waste your time, money, or gamble and put yourself at risk by trying to do business with someone who has not committed to being the best chimney company and not earned their CSIA certification. We don’t want you to be one of the folks who have to learn the hard way and fall victim to fly by night companies claiming to know about chimney maintenance and repairs but have no proven credentials.

Top Notch remains dedicated to providing our customers with expertise, efficiency, and excellent results on every service call we make. We are proud that our technicians are CSIA certified and are available to serve you. That’s what distinguishes us in the market place. It’s our commitment to providing our customers with the absolute best service and i’s why we continue to attract new customers and build our loyal customer base. Contact us today for all your chimney and related needs!

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