Choose CSIA Certified Technicians for Chimney Inspections & Sweepings

When your chimney is in need of an inspection or sweeping, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions. Who should you call for a thorough inspection? How will you know what really needs to be done? How do you know who you’re hiring is trustworthy?

Who Should You Call For Chimney Inspections or Sweepings & How Do You Know What Really Needs To Be Done?

First things first, who should you call? There are no federal regulations for the chimney industry, and many homeowners have been ripped off, cheated, scammed, or left with workmanship that’s not up to code and certainly not safe. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization that’s committed to educating and protecting homeowners for this very reason.

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That’s why the CSIA developed a certification process for chimney professionals. In order to receive the certification, the chimney technician has to demonstrate extensive knowledge, pass rigorous testing, and agree to do his or her job with integrity. That’s why the CSIA is able to guarantee that homeowners are in better hands with a CSIA certified chimney professional.

So when you’re looking for someone to inspect your chimney — whether you just need the all clear to use it or a sweeping to start the year — the first thing you should do is check the credentials of the chimney companies you’re looking at. For your safety and satisfaction, go with a CSIA certified chimney sweep.

When To Schedule Your Services

An annual chimney inspection by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® is a modest investment that can reduce the danger of chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. It should be scheduled every year or whenever your fireplace has experienced a change.

In fact, when chimney fires occur, many insurance investigators rely on CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps to determine whether a fire originated in – or damaged – the chimney system. So a proper inspection now is the best way to protect your family in the future too!

The use, damage, or changes to your chimney will decide whether a Level 1 or Level 2 chimney inspection is necessary. 

A camera will be snaked up into your chimney to get a look at the flue liner, and the exterior of the chimney will be inspected as well. We’ll check for things like leaks, masonry damage, liner damage, missing components, improper installation, insufficient clearance from combustibles, and anything else that could potentially impact the safety or performance of your chimney and fireplace.

After the inspection, we’ll give any information or concerns that we find for your records and so you can go forward confident that your chimney system is safe to use.

A Sweep Must Be Done Every Year

You should schedule a chimney sweep every year before you use your fireplace. The sweep eliminates any creosote, which is a highly flammable material, that builds up during the burn season and ensures that no animals or debris will potentially cause smoke to back up into your home.

Both of these services make up the two main components of annual chimney maintenance. 


Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.

Are you representing the home? We get a lot of real-estate managers, property managers, and personal assistants that call for homeowners. Knowing who owns the home helps us to accurately save files and information relating to your services.

Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file, which speeds up the scheduling process.

Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.

What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced? (wood-burning fireplace, wood-burning stove, gas logs, etc.)

How many stories is your home? What is the exterior of your chimney made out of? What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc.)

*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.


We do not share the pricing of our services on our site. Because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc., we can only give you an accurate price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about cost, please call our office and our team will be happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and find confidence in our work through our happy customers.


We’re Happy To Travel To You!

The best part of getting chimney and fireplace work done is distance is never an issue you have to feel concerned about. Just find a reliable team to hire, and they’ll come out to you! This gives you freedom to search near and far for the team that is best suited to your specific needs. At Ashbusters, we travel to various counties throughout East Tennessee, and we encourage you to check out our location page if you’re not sure if we can get to you (but chances are, we can)!

There’s no doubt that we’re the best of the best, and we would love the opportunity to prove ourselves to you. Reach out now to make your appointment, so that we have plenty of time to address repairs and do a sweeping before your burning season kicks off this fall. We’re excited to serve you soon!

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