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Annual Chimney Inspections: This Year and Every Year
Date:  9/22/2010
ArticleType:  Press Release

Plainfield, IN – September 22, 2010 Recommended maintenance is easy to put off when money is tight, but the potential safety risks remain. Before you light your first fire of the season, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reminds you to schedule your annual chimney inspection. Annual chimney inspections allow the chimney sweep to note cracks, creosote buildup or other obstructions which may diminish the functionality of the system and create an environment where chimney fires or carbon monoxide intrusion are likely. (Watch a video about the three levels of chimney inspections.)

CSIA recommends annual inspections performed by CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps. These chimney sweeps have earned the industry's most respected credential by passing an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. The National Fire Protection Association also recommends that all chimneys are inspected on an annual basis.

While the CSIA recommends that people consider a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (locate a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep), there are additional questions that should be asked to ensure that the person hired is a credible service technician:

  • How long has the chimney sweeping company been in business?
  • Does the company offer current references?
  • Does the company have unresolved complaints filed with the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?
  • Does the company or individual carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect your home and furnishings against accidents?
  • Does the company ensure that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on the job site?

The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to educating the public about the prevention of chimney and venting safety hazards. CSIA sponsors National Chimney Safety Week, which runs this year from September 26-October 2, 2010.

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