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The Value Of CSIA Certification

The Value Of CSIA Certification Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsThis time of year, many homeowners are solicited by door to door chimney sweeps offering rock bottom prices on chimney services. These deals can seem too good to be true, and unfortunately they often are. Simply put, not every guy with a truck and a brush is qualified to clean your chimney. Before hiring a chimney sweep, homeowners should verify they are CSIA certified. CSIA certified chimney sweeps are highly trained professionals with years of knowledge and experience in the field; by working with a CSIA certified chimney sweep you can rest assured the person cleaning your chimney is a true professional.

Why hire a certified chimney sweep?

Hiring a certified chimney sweep is the best way to make sure you are working with a true industry professional. Just like you wouldn’t ask a dentist to set a broken leg, only certified professionals should be trusted to clean your chimney system.

In the fireplace industry the highest certification a chimney sweep can earn is that from the Chimney Safety Institute of America. To earn this certification, chimney sweeps must undergo hours of training and testing in areas such as building codes, safety practices, venting and drafting, and new technologies. In addition, sweeps must retest every three years in order to maintain their certifications; this means that CSIA certified chimney sweeps are always up to date on the latest advancements in the industry.

There are more than 1.400 CSIA certified chimney sweeps in the country, making it easy to find one near you. In the Seattle area, you can trust your fireplace and chimney system to the CSIA certified sweeps at Pristine Sweeps. We are also members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and National Fire Protection Association.

What can I expect from a certified chimney sweep?

When you hire a CSIA certified chimney sweep to clean, maintain, or repair your fireplace system you can rest assured that you are working with one of the most highly trained professionals in the industry. A certified sweep will be knowledgeable about your chimney systems and able to answer any questions you have about your fireplace, safety, or local building and burning codes and restrictions.

Certified sweeps should arrive on time, walk you through every step of the process, and take care to leave your home in the same condition as when they arrived by covering floors and furnishings. During the chimney sweeping, they will inspect the accessible interior and exterior portions of the chimney for signs of damage or deterioration. Finally, chimney brushes will be used alongside more modern technology such as vacuums and closed circuit cameras to sweep the chimney and flue.

When it comes to hiring a chimney sweep being certified matters. Sweeps with CSIA certification are knowledgeable professionals who met – and continue to meet – the highest level requirements in the industry. If you are in the Seattle area, contact Pristine Sweeps today to schedule your next appointment with a certified chimney sweep.

Tips for Properly Storing Wood

Buying large quantities of firewood allows homeowners to get more wood at a better price without having to rebuy all season long. However, it comes with one major question: where are you going to store all that wood? Learning how to properly store your firewood can help you get the most out of your purchase and have great fires all winter.

Finding the right firewoodTips for Properly Storing Wood - Seattle WA - Pristine Sweeps

Before you can store your firewood you have to find it! Picking the right kind of wood can have a major difference in the quality of your fires, so it is important to investigate your options. While the kind of firewood you use ultimately comes down to personal choice, most fireplace professionals recommend using seasoned hardwoods such as ash, maple, or oak. These woods produce less smoke, burn hotter and longer, and can maintain a constant heat better than other wood varietals.

Firewood storage tips

Firewood storage is often just as important as the type of firewood you buy. Even if you take the time to find and purchase the perfect wood, storing it in less than ideal conditions can lead to lackluster fires. The following tips can help you properly store your firewood this summer to have it ready to use when temperatures cool off again this winter.

  • Split and stack logs: Before putting the wood away, make sure it is cut into the size logs you will use in your fireplace. Doing this maximizes the seasoning time of the wood and helps remove the greatest amount of moisture. Likewise, neatly stacking the wood maximizes airflow and minimizes the chance for rot.Tips for Properly Storing Wood Image- Seattle Washington - Pristine Sweeps
  • Place the pile away from the house: Although it may seem tempting to keep the firewood stack as close to the house as possible, doing so greatly increases the risk of accidental fire. Instead, store the wood in an area that is near – but not directly next to – the home to prevent it from igniting the house in case of fire.
  • Store wood off the ground: While storing wood on a fireplace rack is preferred, wood can be stored on concrete or treated boards to stay off of the ground. Leaving firewood directly on the ground can allow moisture and insects into the wood, causing rotting throughout the pile.
  • Cover the top, not the sides: The top of the wood stack should covered to directly protect it from moisture. However, leaving the sides of the wood stack open promotes airflow and helps dry out any moisture that gets into the pile.
  • Keep wood outside: While small stacks of neatly chopped logs may seem like a charming interior design feature surrounding your fireplace, it can actually invite insects and other pests into your home. Instead, store firewood outside and only bring in as much wood as is immediately needed.

The way you store your firewood during the spring and summer can have a major impact on the quality of your fires in the fall and winter. For more information on the best firewood for your fireplace or for more tips on properly storing firewood, contact Pristine Sweeps today!

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