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The Importance of Certifications

Whether you’re looking for a physician or a mechanic, it’s important to shop around. With today’s social media platforms and a variety of search engines, you have the advantage of finding the right professional. It’s important that you choose products and professionals that are the best when it comes to your safety. The professionals that are completing installations and maintenance on your home should be licensed and certified.

A to Z Chimneyscertification stamp

The chimney industry is under-regulated, which can put families and homes at risk. It’s our goal and the goal of many other industry professionals, to reduce the number of residential fires. We are able to do our part by obtaining and maintaining certifications, and educating our customers and communities..We believe our certifications help make us the best, which is why we continue to maintain them through continued education, examinations, and field training.

CSIA Certified Sweeps

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is the only nationally-recognized industry-standard, established in the 1980s. CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are trusted by other trades professionals as well as realtors, lawyers, and even fire marshals. Also, CSIA-certified sweeps abide by a code of ethics that protects consumers from chimney-related scams. In order to maintain our CSIA certification, we also have to renew our certifications every 3 years. This requires re-examination or continuing education credits.

Other Certifications

We don’t stop at CSIA certification. Our team at A to Z Chimneys is also certified by the National Fireplace Institute a certification agency trusted by manufacturers across the industry.

Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild

In addition to important industry certifications, it’s important for professionals to align themselves with local organizations as well as national ones. At A to Z Chimneys we are not only certified through CSIA and NFI, but also the Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild. We are also affiliated with the National Chimney Sweep Guild, local Chamber of Commerce, and a member of CSIA’s Management Information Exchange.

If you reside in the Greater Sacramento area, we are happy to help! It’s important to find the best professional for your necessary services. When you’re looking to schedule your routine chimney sweep or annual inspection, schedule with A to Z Chimneys. We don’t want our customers to get involved in scams or to put their homes in danger by hiring amateurs. Schedule with the licensed professionals—a company that can answer important questions like: What is your license number? Are you insured? Can you produce references?

We know that trust should be earned, and we want the chance to earn your trust.

Call us at 916-408-2496 to chat with a chimney expert today.

What’s Scarier than a Halloween Goblin?

What could be scarier than a goblin?

What could be scarier than a goblin?

October is the month that we celebrate the hallowed holiday of Halloween. It’s the time of year that little Ghosts, Goblins, and superheroes litter the streets with candy wrappers claimed from local residents. But what could possibly be scarier than a little haunted hellion roaming the streets after dark?

A monster in your chimney, that’s what!

You’ve never heard of a chimney monster? Well let me describe it to you……

It’s a cold outside and you’ve been looking forward to curling up to a nice warm fire all day. Your fire is happily roaring away as you just settle in for a good book when all of a sudden a chimney fire starts and you hear the chimney monster ROAR! The roar of a chimney fire comes from massive amounts of air whooshing into your fireplace as it’s sucked up the flue to feed the roaring chimney fire. It’s been described as the sound of a freight train passing through the living room or a jetliner hovering directly over the house.

With flames shooting out of the top of your chimney spewing flaming creosote all over your roof and surrounding trees and shrubs, experiencing the roar of a chimney monster can be a scary and potentially dangerous situation…. but you can avoid getting spooked by a chimney monster this October… do the right thing and get it swept!

Don’t get the pants scared off of you this Halloween season! Make sure your chimney is safe and ready to burn fires in this winter by having it professionally swept and inspected by one of AtoZ’s certified chimney technicians. After all…. an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure when it comes to chimney cleaning and maintenance! It’s less expensive than most people think and the peace of mind is worth every penny.

Call 916-408-2496 in order to schedule your next chimney sweeping appointment before the fall rush sets in!

Choose the CSIA Difference

When looking for a chimney company, be sure to look for the CSIA badge

When looking for a chimney company, be sure to look for the CSIA badge

When choosing a chimney sweep to clean your fireplace, a few requirements may cross your mind; neither the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certification status nor the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) membership status of the prospective chimney sweeps are likely to be one of them.

Need a little help choosing a chimney sweep?

In an effort to help homeowners with this decision making process, the CSIA recommends taking a cautious approach to selecting a chimney sweep. In order to ensure your job is done right the first time, you’ll more than likely want to ask some or all of the following questions of all prospective chimney sweeps:

1. How long has your company been in business?
2. Do you offer current references?
3. Do you have any unresolved complaints filed with the city or state consumer protection agency or BBB?
4. Do you carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect my home and furnishings against accidents?
5. Do you ensure that a CSIA Certified chimney sweep will be on the job site?

Asking these questions will usually guarantee that your chimney is cleaned correctly and will decrease the chances of you ending up with a living room full of soot when all is said and done.

What exactly is the CSIA?

The CSIA is one of the only nationally recognized certification institutes specifically for chimney sweeps and chimney inspectors. They have classroom training and standardized testing requirements to receive the certification in the first place:

• Complete a 1 week online review course covering chimney sweeping, inspection and documenting basics.
• Pass a timed 100 question exam based on the 2006 International Residential Codebook with a score of 80% or higher.
• Pass a timed 100 question exam based on the Successful Chimney Sweeping [2009] trade book and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) [2010] codebook with a score of 70% or higher.

What’s more, the CSIA has certain requirements and a code of ethics by which their certified chimney sweeps must abide in order to remain certified. Certified chimney sweeps must also recertify annually and participate in continuing education courses.

What exactly is the NCSG?

It is the mission of the NCSG to promote the success of its members by providing progressive services, encouraging professionalism and ethical accountability, and advancing the chimney and venting industry through public awareness of the trade. All guild members are expected to sign and adhere to the Standards of Practice:

1. To abide by all membership policies and practices,
2. To refrain from engaging in any fraudulent or illegal activity,
3. To refrain from any act intended to restrain trade or suppress competition and to recognize and respect the legal rights of competitors, and
4. To ensure professionalism and ethical accountability in advertising.

When selecting a chimney sweep, there are obviously many things a homeowner must consider. Before you make that final decision, I implore you to heed these words: not all chimney sweeps are created equally. With A to Z Chimney Sweep, you can be confident that you’re receiving the best in chimney care from experienced and educated technicians. We guarantee honest, high quality, clean work every single time we’re in the field.

6 Questions to Ask Your Sweep

When choosing to hire a chimney sweep to address your chimney-related concerns, how do you know which company can give you the best service and the best value for your money? Consider these questions:

It's better to ask for an expert's opinion on what to do so the problem can be fixed right away.

It’s better to ask for an expert’s opinion on what to do so the problem can be fixed right away.