CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Michael Segerstrom, a member of our board of directors, talks to ASHI attendee John Alastick, on day 1 of the show, Jan. 7, 2015.

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Michael Segerstrom, a member of our board of directors, talks to ASHI attendee John Alastick, on day 1 of the show, Jan. 6, 2015.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — An attendance projected at about 800 makes the American Society of Home Inspectors, or ASHI, InspectionWorld the place to be for this respected profession. Chimney Safety Institute of America isn’t just a guest; we’re a sponsor, exhibitor, and we’ve got top representatives of CSIA here to guide chimney and venting education.

Day 1 of the event [click here to see a photo gallery on our Facebook page] proved that our commitment and investment is a smart move. We met many home inspectors who had never heard of CSIA, nor had they known that we were an available resource when it was time to suggest to a client about the need for an inspection.

“Thank you for being here,” Bill Jacques, of Greenville, S.C., Immediate Past President of ASHI, told us when he stopped by our booth. Bill is very familiar with CSIA and is doing his part to make sure his peers understand the power of having inspectors refer to CSIA-educated pros when it comes to referrals.

Home inspector John Alastick of Lawrenceville, N.J. was glad to have found CSIA’s booth and gain an understanding of our training, education, and ethics commitment that is the hallmark of hiring a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. “There’s a lot of work for a legitimate chimney guy,” Alastick told us. “They (homeowners) need someone to tell them the truth.”

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We met dedicated professionals like Michael D. Conley, of Anna Maria, Florida, who was interested in our C-DET Dryer Exhaust Technician certification manual. He was also delighted to be able to access videos from our training school of simulated chimney fires, which we have also available to view on CSIA’s YouTube channel.

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We showed home inspectors like Bob Sterner, of Baldwinsville, New York our free csia.org/search zip code finder. Bob was glad to get a look!

Chuck Roydhouse, who is in his 20th consecutive year as a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and whom is beginning his second year as a member of CSIA’s Board of Directors, is helping to staff our booth, and meeting with the inspectors one by one. (He encouraged one inspector from North Carolina to get trained using CSIA’s online review program.)

Roydhouse, owner of Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County Chimney Repair and Maintenance in Annapolis, Maryland, said CSIA board is “working hard to publicize who we are, and to make inroads.”

“By doing so we become relevant as opposed to being unknown,” Roydhouse said. “And again, when home inspectors find CSIA.org, they find qualified and certified chimney sweeps they can hire and trust.”

Just like with home inspectors, home sellers and buyers can find and hire certified chimney sweeps using CSIA.org/search. Or call 317-837-5362.



William R. Dennis, who uses CSIA sweeps for referral of his home inspector business in Newark, Delaware, says, “They do what they are supposed to do (and) keep the clients happy.”