Hiring a chimney sweep can sometimes be an unnerving decision. How do you know who you can trust and who knows what they’re doing? Customer reviews is a great place to start, but we also recommend choosing a CSIA Certified chimney sweep company for these important reasons:
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) was established in 1983 and has a long history of providing homeowners with a standard for regulating the technical expertise of chimney sweeps across the nation.
All chimney technicians who pass the CSIA certification exam also must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that is designed to ensure professional growth, honest business practices, and safety for all those involved.
In order to keep their CSIA Certification active, chimney sweeps must take continued education credits every 3 years or get recertified through the initial examination.
Unfortunately, the chimney sweep industry tends to be more unregulated than most home services, which means there are a lot of other chimney sweep “certifications” that are unregulated and very easy to obtain. Make sure you know what the certification means before you hire a chimney sweep.
As a non-profit, CSIA ensures that their certification provides regulated and transparent value through its governance by volunteer industry professionals and technical experts across the United States.
CSIA is the go-to source for chimney expertise and has been featured on and endorsed by major media sources in the United States including: Good Morning America, Dateline and 20/20, New York Times, Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics, along with numerous other local, regional and national sources.
To find a CSIA Certified chimney sweep in your area, simply type in your zip code on the CSIA Search Widget here.
On the Rooftop Chimney Sweeps team, we require each chimney sweep in Arlington VA, Alexandria VA, Fairfax VA, Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, and Richmond VA to be CSIA Certified. (This means all of our chimney sweeps are CSIA certified!)
Our service area is always expanding but currently is:
Southern Maryland, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Richmond Virginia
(Not sure if we service your area? Call us to find out! If we can’t serve you, we’ll find a CSIA Certified chimney sweep that we recommend!)
If you’re looking for assistance with chimney cleaning in Fairfax VA (or anywhere in our service area) or simply need help with a chimney inspection or repairs, you can schedule online or contact us today!