LAS VEGAS, Nevada — According to organizers of — what’s billed as “the biggest inspection event of the year” — there are an estimated 20,000 home inspectors in the United States.

Several hundred of them are here at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel for three days of education and networking, and the Chimney Safety Institute of America is a trade-show exhibitor. CSIA believe in supporting this key affiliated trade, and this is our second consecutive year here.

ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) is here. Other well-known inspection organizations like American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT), International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and Kaplan Home Inspection Training are exhibiting.

Attendees have come from across the U.S.

Many are thirty for more knowledge about venting of all types, and CSIA is happy to oblige.

“This is why we’re here, and why CSIA will be exhibiting at other home inspector trade shows in 2014-15,” said Steven Pietila, a CSIA certified chimney sweep and owner of American Chimney and Masonry in Portland, Oregon.

Steve, a longtime director on CSIA’s board and past president, will be teaching a 90-minute class on chimney inspections that occurs Tuesday. Steve says his presentation is focused on CSIA’s belief that home inspectors can be better informed about the complex nature of chimneys. Then they will then do a more thorough job for their clients (be it Realtors or home-buyers.)

“Our mission at this show is to promote the recommendation of using a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep for service and inspections of chimneys, vents, and the appliances they serve,” said Pietila.

CSIA’s team at this show, which includes Marketing and Communications Director Tom Spalding, came armed with brochures, educational materials, and referral cards, so that inspectors that have not heard of us can find a CSIA sweep using our free zip-code locator. Our website,, has been a popular way for us to showcase our dual mission of industry education and homeowner resources.

The inspectors we’ve met include Steve Broussard of Ithaca, New York, who already was referring his clients to a CSIA sweep without even realizing it. He said he was glad to know he was working with the best. Other inspectors we’ve met hail from Oklahoma, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado and Kansas.

Several inspectors we met in our booth said they plan to use as part of their service to clients.