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The Importance Of Hiring A Certified Chimney Sweep

Certification is a big deal. Going to the doctor for a particular ache or pain? It’s a great feeling to see the document on the wall that states that his or her education is complete. If you send your kids to a school that is state accredited, you know that the teachers are required to practice a certain level of proficiency. You want your teeth fixed by a certified dental professional, right? So, why would you trust your chimney inspection and repair to anyone that didn’t have the proper training? The safety of your family and home may well rest in the hands of the person you hire for your annual chimney sweeping!

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The most important certification that comes to mind is from the Chimney Safety Institute of America. To obtain CSIA certification, a professional must study a variety of publications and materials. These materials thoroughly cover aspects of chimney inspection, cleaning, and repair. Candidates can take advantage of review sessions or a six day training session, as well. When a candidate is prepared, they are then required to take a 90 minute exam to prove their understanding and knowledge of the chimney sweep industry. CSIA certification is the first thing you should look for when hiring someone to take care of your chimney!

Make Sure You Hire Certified Chimney Sweeps

Chimney inspection, cleaning, and repair is important. Not only do you want to avoid the possibility of a chimney fire, you also need to think about the quality of the air inside your home. A breakdown of the makeup of your chimney structure can have a direct effect on your family’s health and safety. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are CSIA certified! This means they’re knowledgeable about all the latest in chimney service and repair.  Remember, when you hire Pozzi to take care of your chimney system needs, you can rest assured that the job will be done right.

Gary Pozzi Earns Master Chimney Certification

Are you in the market for a chimney sweep? If so, it is important to look for certified chimney sweeps. In fact, Angie’s List tells us that the most important question to ask is this: whether the hired sweep is certified. In addition to being certified, a chimney sweep can work to attain a Master Chimney Technician certification. We’re proud to announce that Gary Pozzi, owner of Pozzi Chimney Sweep, has attained this status!

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So what does it mean to have Master Chimney Sweep certification?  A sweep must be an active full time chimney sweep for a minimum of eight continuous years to attain the highly regarded status. They must also be actively certified as a chimney sweep for a minimum of 6 years. The applicant must be reviewed and approved by the application committee after going through an extensive application process.

Sweeps with Master Certification are also expected to hold a high standard of ethics.

Distinguished Position

The Master Chimney Technician certification process requires a rigorous education and routine.  The highly distinguished position is held by only a few people in the United States. Gary Pozzi has been involved in the firefighting field for 27 years. His work included serving as an arson investigator for the Aurora Fire Department. In that time, Gary realized that most fires were preventable, and started in the chimney or fireplace. Gary Pozzi wanted to make a real difference to the home owners of this area by opening his chimney sweep business.

Other Awards

Master Chimney Technician certification is not the only award that Pozzi Chimney Sweep as earned. Gary Pozzi is also National Fireplace Institute certified. In addition, the Pozzi Chimney Sweep has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award three times. Gary’s goal is to ensure that every customer is treated to top-notch service.


Chimney Sweeping – Not a Do-It-Yourself Job

There are so many things you do to get your home ready for the holidays. There’s cleaning, preparing food, trimming the tree, and wrapping the gifts. However, there’s something else that should be done well in advance. That is making sure that your chimney and fireplace are clean and in good repair. You may be thinking that this is a job that you can do yourself. Well, truth be told, you probably can. But before you go into this task thinking it’s a piece of cake, think again! As a do-it-yourself job? It’s messy, labor intensive, and you’ll want special cleaning equipment and protective devices for yourself. Not to mention making sure your house stays clean. Also, if you’re afraid of heights, then you really want to rethink this.

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When you want a job done right, you need to call the right people for the job. That means Pozzi Chimney Sweep. The expert technicians at Pozzi are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified and know exactly what to look for when inspecting your chimney. They also know how to clean your chimney. This way you know that your family will be safe and sound through the long winter season.

Over years of fireplace use, your chimney can amass large quantities of creosote. When you burn firewood in your fireplace, gases are released up your chimney and into the outside air. These gases include smoke, water vapor, hydrocarbon, assorted minerals, and unburned wood particles. As they flow up your chimney, they can settle on the cooler interior of your chimney, resulting in a buildup called creosote. This substance is extremely flammable, so the real danger here is chimney fire. Creosote removal is a difficult task, and it’s important that the person who removes the creosote is knowledgeable about the process.

What to Look for in a Chimney Sweep

According to Angie’s List, there are certain questions you should ask before hiring a chimney sweep. How long has this company been in business? Can the chimney sweep company provide references from previous customers? And most importantly, are the sweeps CSIA certified?
It’s already been stated that the technicians at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are CSIA certified, but how about the other questions? Pozzi Chimney Sweep has been in business for five years, and has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2012, 2013, and 2014. You can read the testimonials of many of their satisfied customers at the Pozzi Chimney Sweep website, and you can also give us a call or contact us online. We will be happy to provide you with references.

CSIA Certification

You may be asking yourself, how important it is to hire a chimney sweep that is CSIA certified? When you consider that it is the safety of your family and your home that you are thinking about, it doesn’t take long to realize one thing: You need a company that hires sweeps that have taken the time to secure extra training and certification. As Jeff Rossen from the Rossen Report concludes, “The best advice? Experts say: Look for companies with techs certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.”

So, if you’re looking for professional, knowledgeable service, the place to turn is Pozzi Chimney Sweep!

Have Your Chimney Swept Now To Avoid A Chimney Fire Later

Haste Chimney Sweep Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepYour living room can be a haven of comfort and rest, especially if you are fortunate enough to own a home that has a fireplace. Coming in from a hard day’s work, deep down cold from the icy winter wind, there is nothing better than warming up in front of a crackling fire. The downside is this: where there is fire, there’s the danger of chimney fire. But don’t despair! There’s help out there, and if you live in the Aurora, Illinois area, the people to call are the experts at Pozzi Chimney Sweep.

Causes of Chimney Fires

There are several ways that fires can start in your chimney. Probably the most common cause of chimney fires is creosote build-up caused by a winter of building fires in your fireplace. According to Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), creosote can be black or brown, drippy and sticky or hardened and shiny, crusty and flaky – and all forms can exist in the same chimney. No matter what form it takes, one thing is for sure: creosote is highly combustible and can cause a dangerous chimney fire if left untended.

Another cause of chimney fires is blockage. It is a common occurrence for dried leaves, sticks and twigs, and other debris to blow down into your chimney, or even for wildlife such as birds or squirrels to build nests in your chimney. When you start a fire in your fireplace in the winter, sparks from the fire can escape up your chimney and catch in this blockage, causing a chimney fire to ignite.

Damage Isn’t Always Visible

Did you know that a chimney fire can occur without the homeowner being aware of it? According to the CSIA website, there are some tell-tale signs that only a qualified chimney sweep can recognize, such as ‘honey-combed’ creosote, a distorted or discolored chimney cap, or damaged roofing materials. If a chimney fire has occurred, it is vitally important that you have your chimney cleaned and checked for damages. Only by using a CSIA certified chimney sweep can you be assured that the damage will be assessed and repaired correctly and efficiently. The Chimneys.com website echoes this sentiment: “A qualified chimney sweep can diagnose and fix problems that the average person may not notice. Regularly engaging such services can mean the difference between comfortable living and disaster.”

Make Pozzi Your First Call For Chimney Sweeps

If you’re looking for a chimney service that uses the most current, up-to-the-minute cleaning techniques and technologies, then Pozzi Chimney Sweep is the chimney service for you. All of Pozzi’s technicians and sweeps are CSIA certified, and Pozzi Chimney Sweep is also a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. Pozzi Chimney Sweeps also uses a “Chim-Scan” video camera. This allows not only the sweep, but also the homeowner, to see exactly what is happening in the chimney. This helps to reassure you, the homeowner, that only the work that needs to be done is being done.

Call Pozzi Chimney Sweep to set up an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned today, before that snowy Illinois winter arrives.

Certified Chimney and Dryer Vent Technicians Make All the Difference

The thought of paying someone to install a new fireplace, sweep your existing fireplace and chimney, or clean out your dryer vents may make you uncomfortable, especially when you have much more to pay for. Maybe to you it makes more sense to spend that hard-earned money on groceries, clothes for the kids, and a new car to get everyone where they need to be. While those things are important as well, do not underestimate the importance of proper fireplace, chimney and dryer care.

Why Use Vented Gas Logs - Aurora IL- Pozzi Chimney SweepWhen searching for the best chimney and dryer specialist, do not be afraid to pay a little extra for a qualified service person. These technicians can actually have certifications in their fields, and hiring a guaranteed expert like this will save you time, money and headaches in the future.

While you may be tempted to by the lowest bidder for the job, installing a fireplace requires technical knowledge that non-certified technicians are not guaranteed to have. Improperly installing a fireplace can lead to serious complication like smoke and toxic fume backup into the home, carbon monoxide poisoning, and unnecessary house fires. For these reasons, spending a little extra upfront on a certified expert will be worth every dollar in the end.

For chimney sweeps and dryer vent specialists, the Chimney Safety Institute of America offers nationally recognized certification. The same reasoning for hiring a certified hearth specialist applies to CSIA certified chimney sweeps and dryer vent specialists. While a non-certified technician may be able to perform the job adequately, there is no way for you to know, meaning your risk the safety of your home and family.

Poorly swept chimneys can create a variety of issues. For instance, obstruction may not be fully cleared, causing improper ventilation, carbon monoxide toxicity and worse. Creosote, a tar-like product of the combustion of wood, also needs to be cleaned out of the chimney. If left to build up, it can cause backup of smoke and fumes into the house and even chimney or house fires.

In addition, a dryer vent specialist will know exactly what needs to be done to keep your dryer system functioning safely, while a non-certified dryer cleaner may make deadly mistakes. Dryer vents need to be fully cleaned of all lint, debris, and even animals at least once every year. If the vent needs to be replaced, it must be installed correctly to avoid gathering lint in bends or damaged sections. The opening to the outside also must function properly to expel the hot air. Failure to do any of these tasks can result in deadly house fires.

If you are ready to hire a certified technician to help maintain your home and safety, get in touch with a professional and ask for proof of certification. If you live in the area of Aurora, Illinois, contact Pozzi Chimney Sweep for a professional consultation.