CSIA Expands its Credential Offerings with New "CSIA Master Chimney Sweep" During the 2016 National Chimney Sweep Guild Convention held in Orlando, FL, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) announced the addition of the Master Chimney Sweep designation to its current line of nationally-recognized credentials. The Master Sweep credential represents the highest level of educational an...

Whenever you hire a technician to come into your home for a repair or maintenance task, you want to be sure this technician is a trusted professional. One way you can be guaranteed of this is to look for industry certification when you are hiring a technician. In the fireplace and chimney industry, this certification comes from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a non-profit organizat...
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When European immigrants brought English ivy plants over to the new United States over 200 years ago, they had no idea how aggressive and invasive it would become. The popularity of this plant boomed because it was a good-looking groundcover that grew quickly and needed very little maintenance. However, English ivy soon turned into too much of a good thing. Not only can this plant damage trees by ...
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Whenever you burn wood in your fireplace and stove, you know you will have ashes left over after the fire has been put out. While leaving behind an one-inch bed of ashes is suggested by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to help light a fire and keep it going, there will still be piles of ashes remaining for you to remove and dispose. Although the ashes may appear to be cooled and exti...
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For the ordinary homeowner, it can be easy to think that a chimney is the same thing as a vent. Chimneys serve to carry the byproducts of combustion out of homes, but they are technically not vents. To help you understand the differences between chimneys and vents, Fireplace Service Company would like to explain these two terms by sharing with you some information from the International Code Counc...
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Have you been noticing higher heating bills each winter? If you live in an older home with a chimney, this problem could be caused by a traditional throat damper. Unfortunately, this type of damper has several flaws. The damper is a crucial part of your fireplace and chimney system, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), because its purpose is keeping the heat inside and the ...
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If you have an older masonry chimney with a clay tile flue liner, you will be interested in learning more about HeatShield, a revolutionary product we use at Fireplace Service Company to repair and reline clay chimney liners. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps have been using this cerfractory flue sealant for years and have been very happy with its results. Our...
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Our primary goal at Fireplace Service Company is keeping our customers safe when they use their fireplace and chimney systems, and one of the most popular maintenance services we provide to achieve this goal is professional chimney sweepings. When one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps cleans your chimney, removing creosote deposits from the inner chimney wa...
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Sitting by the fireplace and enjoying a burning fire may be the last thing on your mind at the moment, but fall will be here before you know it. To be sure your fireplace and chimney are working correctly and safely, you should have your system swept and inspected before you light the first fire of fireplace season. These annual chimney maintenance tasks are recommended by many national fire safet...
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Although our office is located in Fort Payne, Alabama, we at Fireplace Service Company serve communities all across Northeastern Alabama, Northwestern Georgia, and South Central Tennessee. We provide the best comprehensive fireplace and chimney services as well as grill and barbecue sales and dryer vent cleaning to customers in cities and towns throughout this area. One city we are proud to includ...