If you own a home with a fireplace in the San Antonio area, then you know how enjoyable it can be cozying up to some warm flames on a chilly evening. That said, as a homeowner with any type of fireplace and chimney, it is important to make sure that both of these major components of your home are inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

Since most chimneys are crafted with masonry, they are susceptible to damage from the elements like rain, hail, and harsh winds. And while having to deal with unwanted damage and repairs on your home’s chimney is not ideal, there are several ways to repair and restore most chimneys without having to do a full rebuild, depending on the extent of damage.

One of the most efficient and reliable ways to restore your chimney liner is to use a HeatShield® Relining System. HeatShield® Relining Systems are top notch and backed by rigorous lab and independent testing, which is why only qualified chimney technicians are chosen by HeatShield® to be approved installers.

So, how can you find one of these handpicked chimney unicorns? Well, you’re in luck because Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace happens to be on HeatShield®’s list of qualified and recommended chimney professionals. We’re here to handle all of your chimney relining needs

Why Should I Hire a Certified Chimney Sweep to Install My HeatShield® Liner?

The short answer is that a HeatShield® certified chimney sweep has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to get the job done right the first time.

HeatShield® takes pride in the quality of their products – so much so that they want to make sure that the quality and integrity of their chimney relining systems are not compromised during installation by chimney technicians who lack the specialized knowledge and training that these systems require. HeatShield® certified chimney sweeps undergo specialized training and are well-versed in all aspects of their craft.

One of the most important considerations when considering a HeatShield® Relining System is the extent of damage or defects present in your chimney. Only a certified and experienced HeatShield® chimney technician can make that assessment. Anytime you have work or service done on your chimney or fireplace, it is always recommended that you choose a certified professional. That way, you can rest assured that all proper safety precautions are taken and that the safety and integrity of your fireplace and chimney is not compromised.

Luckily for residents in the San Antonio area, Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace technicians are HeatShield® certified, and we carry a number of other industry certifications and memberships, as well.

What Types of Certifications Can Chimney Sweeps Have?

As a homeowner, you want to feel good about the companies and professionals you allow to work in your home. When it comes to choosing a knowledgeable and reliable chimney company, it’s important to look for companies that have taken the extra steps necessary to obtain and maintain industry-specific certifications – especially since there are not any industry-wide regulations or standards.

Here at Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace we are proud to carry the following credentials:

Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)

We’re Certified Chimney Sweeps with the CSIA, and we hold their Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET), which is the only accredited certification in the industry. For this, we had to pass exhaustive exams on fire codes, clearances, standards for construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems, and abide by the CSIA Code of Ethics. We also have to re-certify every three years.

Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service (F.I.R.E.)

We’re Fireplace Investigation Research and Education Certified Inspectors. This means we’ve gone through professional education for detailed inspections on chimneys, fireplaces, vented appliances, vent free products, building codes, manufacturer specifications, product requirements, fire technology, case studies, and product design and application, among others. This certification also requires hands-on training in a lab setting to show proficiency in investigation techniques.

HeatShield® Certified

We’re HeatShield® Certified Installers. This means we were handpicked by HeatShield® based on our proven track record for industry excellence, knowledge, training, and experience with HeatShield® products, as well as extensive product knowledge and video inspection training.

National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)

We’re members with the NCSG, which offers a long list of premier certification and education programs for the venting and chimney industry.

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

We’re a BBB Accredited business. This means that we have met the BBB Accreditation Standards for being a business that carries all of the attributes of being a better business. This includes things like building trust, honest advertising, transparency, and working with integrity.

Americans with Disabilities Act

We’re proud to be ADA Compliant, which requires taking proactive measures to ensure that our is inclusive of those with disabilities and provides equal access and opportunities for employees and customers.

When you choose a chimney professional that carries certifications and memberships with the CSIA, F.I.R.E, HeatShield®, and NCSG, you know that you are choosing a company that puts education and training at the forefront of what they do. In order to hold these certifications, we have to meet and exceed the standards of excellence set forth by each on a regular basis. These are not the type of certifications you can pay for and slap a sticker on your truck and go about your business.

Can I Install a HeatShield® Relining System Myself?

Installing a HeatShield® Chimney Relining System or any lining system is definitely a job you want to leave to a certified professional. Only a licensed and certified HeatShield® chimney sweep can perform a proper inspection and ensure that the right lining system is chosen to meet your specific chimney needs. They’ll also ensure that the installation is done right from start to finish and in accordance with the high standards set forth by HeatShield®.

When it comes to chimney care, it’s crucial to avoid taking shortcuts and cutting corners. Fortunately for those in San Antonio, Austin, and all of their surrounding areas, Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace is HeatShield® certified and ready to help with all of your chimney and fireplace needs.

Rely On Us for Professional Maintenance

Just like any other major component of your home, proper chimney maintenance is necessary to ensure heightened efficiency and safer functioning for years to come. Making sure your fireplace and chimney is properly inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep once a year will help to limit the risks of fires and other damage to your chimney. Yearly inspections are also a great way to stay ahead of any other issues that can arise from weather or animal related damage.

It helps to have a reliable and knowledgeable chimney company like Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace to rely on for your chimney needs. We are happy to help with your relining services, your annual inspections, and any repair services you may need.

Call 830-620-9130 or schedule online today.