Homeowner Resources

Homeowner Resources

Chimney Safety Hot Topics

The primary job of a chimney service professional is to aid in the prevention of fires related to fireplaces, wood stoves, gas, oil and coal heating systems and the chimneys that serve them. Chimney sweeps install, clean and maintain these systems, evaluate their performance, prescribe changes to improve their performance, and educate the consumer about their safe and efficient operation.

 About Your Chimney and Venting System
Anatomy of Your Fireplace
How Your Chimney Really Works
About Chimney Liners
Chimney Inspections Explained
Care & Maintenance of Your Factory-Built-Fireplace

Chimney Safety Overview
Safe Home Heating: Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Hazards
The Facts About Chimney Fires

Addressing Potential System Defects 
Water and Your Masonry Chimney
100 Reasons Your Fireplace Doesn't Work

What You Need To Know When You Burn Wood
Installing Woodstoves and Inserts
How To Select Firewood
How To: Easily Start a Fire with Less Smoke

What You Need To Know About Your Gas Fireplace
Gas Logs - A Popular Option
Gas Appliances and Your Masonry Chimney
Proper Venting of Gas-Fueled Appliances

What You Need To Know About Your Oil-Fired Appliance
Annual Service of Your Oil-Fired Appliance Chimney
Relining Your Oil-Fired Appliance Chimney

What You Need To Know About Being a National Chimney Sweep Training School Field Day Home
Homes are need four times a year for our instructors and trainers to go into for inspection and sweeping.  Homes should be within a 30-minute drive from our Technology Center.  Download our application for 2016 and email crutledge@csia.org.

Click the image above to download the Homeowner's Guide to Chimneys, Fireplaces and Woodstoves e-book. Our thanks to the authors, Jim Brewer of Magic Sweep Corporation and Ashley Eldridge, for allowing us to share this inforamtion on our site.



Search for a CSIA Certified Professional

Simply enter your Zip Code and click Search for a list of the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®s and CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician®s within a 50 mile radius of your location.