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Why We Get NFI Certified

When it comes to providing customers with high-quality chimney care, SirVent Chimney has worked to do that and more throughout our years serving this area. One way we better serve our customer-base is by obtaining memberships and certifications to the highly esteemed chimney and fireplace organizations throughout the nation. One of these is the National Fireplace Institute (NFI).

The NFI is a non-profit organization that strives to educate sweeps and homeowners all throughout the country. When it comes to safety codes, clearances, regulations, and more, you can count on a NFI certified professional to know it all! On top of this, certified sweeps are tested on various fuel types, installation techniques, inspection criteria, and everything else necessary to thoroughly examine your chimney system.

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Becoming NFI certified is no easy process. There a total of three specialties that you can take exams for and each holds its own rigorous testing process. If you become certified in all three, you gain the title of Master Hearth Professional – a big honor in the industry. A sweep must do an extensive review before they have all of the knowledge necessary to pass these examinations. There’s no doubt it takes dedication, hard work, and commitment!

But the process doesn’t end there… The chimney and fireplace industry is always introducing new techniques, regulations, and various forms of technology. Staying up-to-date is important and will help businesses provide the best customer care they can. That’s why the NFI requires their sweeps to recertify every three years. When you work with an NFI certified chimney company, you know you’ll get expert care.

Why It’s Important

We feel that holding this certification is important. Why? Because our customers matter to us, and we know they expect the best! We have built a solid reputation, so we know that homeowners throughout the area can feel confident when they hire us for their chimney and fireplace needs. And we don’t intend to disappoint! That’s why we went through this examination process, and that’s why we continue to do it every three years.

On top of this, NFI certified professionals know how to address your system while being environmentally conscious. They will be aware of any potential coding violations and they’ll ensure the job gets done efficiently and in a timely manner.

We Are Dedicated To Serving You!

As you can see, an NFI certified sweep will get the job done right the first time. Count on us to set the standard for chimney care all throughout the Greater Lake Norman Area!

Questions? Give us a call today. We’ll provide the answers you’re looking and get you set up with an appointment as soon as possible. We looking forward to serving you now and for years to come!

We are now NFI Certified!

A fireplace adds immense character to any home and it is no wonder why many homeowners choose to incorporate them into their household interiors. Yet, the responsibility that comes with owning a fireplace should not be underestimated. Handling a fireplace with the proper precautions is essential in maintaining a safe home. SirVent Chimney and Venting Service takes pride in providing the best and safest service when it comes to chimney and venting care. Because of this, we are proud to announce that we are officially NFI certified, ensuring our customers that their safety and satisfaction is our top priority.

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What Does This Mean?

The initials NFI stand for National Fireplace Institute. This agency is set in place to monitor the installation and technical processes involved in professionally maintaining a fireplace. They also work to make sure every company and person with their certification is following proper procedures while working on fireplaces.

Gaining an NFI certification assures customers that our workers have taken the time to gain immense knowledge of proper fireplace care. When it comes to venting, heat protection information, proper fuel selection, maintenance of the hearth and its appliances, and countless other fireplace needs, being NFI certified ensures commitment to taking essential safety precautions seriously.

Why Fireplace Maintenance is Important

The dangers of owning a fireplace should not be viewed lightly. Here a few of the many potential threats homeowners may face if proper chimney and fireplace care are not maintained.

  1. Toxic fumes – Having your fireplace properly inspected by a reputable company is essential in keeping the air in your home pure. If your chimney is blocked, cracked, or leaked, this will make venting toxins to the outside of your home more difficult, thus causing the inside to be filled with hazardous fumes.
  2. Creosote – Creosote is a type of brown oil that builds up in a chimney when wood is burned within it. If too much of it accumulates, there is a highly increased likelihood that a fire will occur outside of the chimney. This emphasizes the importance of getting your chimney cleaned by a professional on a regular basis, to ensure that all parts of the fireplace are properly maintained and checked for safety.
  3. Improper Burning Techniques – There are many rules to follow when maintaining a fireplace, such as not using charcoal, proper use of the damper, not burning plastic or hazardous materials in the fireplace, and many more. By trusting our certified experts at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, you can rest easy knowing that we will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to use your fireplace in all of the correct ways, allowing you to relax and enjoy this beautiful part of your home.

These reasons, and many more, are why proper care for fireplaces is so important and why SirVent Chimney and Venting Service saw the importance of becoming NFI certified. This certification further proves how important our customers’ need are and ensures us that we are providing the best possible care for anyone who chooses our services.