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About Chief Chimney Services, Inc.

At Chief Chimney Services, Inc., we work hard and pride ourselves on doing outstanding chimney sweeping, relining and rebuilding/restoration work. We offer professional know-how and training unmatched by anyone else on Long Island.

Our Master Sweep, John J. Pilger, brings training and expertise in fire prevention and fire safety as well as in chimney sweeping, chimney venting, chimney construction, vent design, and chimney restoration. Since 1983 John had been associated with Lakeland Chimney Sweeps and Oil Burner Service and Chief Chimney Service.

Leading Long Island fuel oil and furnace service companies such as Marran Oil, Port Fuels, North Shore Fuel, Ferme Fuels, and Long Island’s largest – Petro Fuels, recognize John’s expertise in servicing, troubleshooting, repairing and restoration of fuel oil chimneys and often recommend Chief Chimney Services, Inc. to their customers.

Our Staff

Chief Chimney Services is a small family-run company who relies on our good service and expert work to keep our customers and their families safe and warm. All of our technicians are CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweeps.

Our excellent customer service starts in the office where our friendly and knowledgeable staff of Diane, a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep and John will cheerfully answer your calls and questions.

Sweep John and Diane Pilger are CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified and they will answer any concerns you may have.

More About John J. Pilger

In 1986 John J. Pilger joined the New York State Chimney Sweep Guild and became an active member from the start. In 1988 John was elected Alt. Area Vice President for the New York City and Long Island Area. In 1990 John was then elected to Area VP and in 1993 served as 1st Vice President of the New York State Chimney Sweep Guild. He was elected and served as President from 1994 to 1997. He currently serves as a special advisor to the President.

Under the progressive leadership of John and the Board of Directors, the New York Guild membership has increased from 24 companies in 1993 to 125 in 1996. It has also set-up an 800# technical hotline for consumers and Chimney Sweeps, the NY Guild homepage on the World Wide Web, and has held many educational workshops and seminars around the country and state.

John also serves on the National Chimney Sweep Guild Technical Advisory Council and has served on the Chimney Safety Institute of America Ethics committee. In the past, John has served as Secretary and Director of the NCSG. He currently sits on the Chimney Safety Institute of America Board of Directors and is the current Secretary and Certification chair.

In 1994, John was asked to use his expertise for the TV investigative show American Journal. AJ was doing a show on homeowner repair scams and asked John to inspect their chimney. They asked him to comment on some of the work and recommendations they had received from other sweep companies and to advise consumers of common chimney scams. John also does consumer protection work for the Suffolk County Department of Consumers Affairs.

In 1996, John appeared on CNN for an informative piece on carbon monoxide hazards and stressed the importance of having your chimney inspected and serviced annually.

In 2001 John was asked to sweep and evaluate a fireplace and oil flue chimney for the Suffolk County Dept. of Consumer Affairs and was filmed doing so for Dateline NBC. They asked him to comment on some of the work and recommendations they had received from other sweep companies and to give homeowners advice. He offered the homeowners several tips including hiring a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep.

In 2006 John once again appeared on CNN Open House as their chimney expert. John was filmed showing homeowners the proper way to sweep a chimney and clean a fireplace. He also gave advice to homeowners on what to expect from a chimney sweep. In 2007 John was honored to be awarded by the CSIA the Don Leavitt Education Award for contributions to the Chimney Sweep Industry through Education; this is the industry’s highest education award.

Other credentials:

  • Past-President, New York State Chimney Sweep Guild
  • Past Director National Chimney Sweep Guild
  • Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (#1780)
  • CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (#004)
  • F.I.R.E. Certified Fireplace Inspector (#126)
  • NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist (#104017)
  • Recipient of the Andrew Schukal Award for dedication and outstanding service, presented by the New York State Chimney Sweep Guild
  • Recipient 2001 of the International Award for Service and Education to his Industry, presented by the Association of Polish Sweeps
  • Recipient 2007 CSIA Don Leavitt Education Award, for contributions to the Chimney Sweep Industry through Education
  • Serving Suffolk County Since 1983
  • Owner John Pilger is a life-long resident of this area
  • Ex-Chief – Brentwood Fire Department
  • Ex-Fire Marshal
  • Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology
  • Fully-insured for your protection
  • Suffolk County Consumer Affairs license #13-785-HI

More About Diane P. Pilger

This brief profile gives you a full picture of the training and expertise of Diane P. Pilger, Vice-President of Chief Chimney Services. In addition to a strong background in chimney work, Diane has experience in Office Management and Convention/Trade Show planning and has worked in the insurance industry.

Since 1986 Diane has been the Vice-President of Chief Chimney Services. She also has served as Secretary, 1st. Vice-President and is the Past-President of the New York State Chimney Sweep Guild, the largest State Chimney Guild in the Country. Diane has been the recipient of two prestigious industry awards: the Andrew Schukal Award presented by the NY State Chimney Sweep Guild (NYSCSG) for a member who has shown dedication to and promotion of the NYSCSG and the Fred Toldo Award presented by the Massachusetts Chimney Sweep Guild for the person who has gone above and beyond to bring education to the industry.

Diane is the Past Chairman of the Northeast Regional Chimney Sweep Convention/Trade Show. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Chimney Sweep Guild and is the Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee and the NCSG Convention/Trade Show site selection committee. Diane has also done work for the investigative program Dateline NBC.

In addition, she belongs to the following professional associations:

  • New York State Chimney Sweep Guild (Past President)
  • National Chimney Sweep Guild (Director, Government Affairs, and NCSG Convention/Trade Show Site Selection Chair)
  • HPBA – Hearth Products Barbeque Association
  • NEHPBA– North East Hearth Products Barbeque Association
  • NAOSHM – National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers (Guild Member)
  • NER – North East Regional Convention Committee (Past Program Chair)

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Wow! A mother-daughter team, the most pleasant and professional of any chimney service I have encountered. Called in advance, showed up on time, explained everything in detail, was thorough and clean. In a profession full of questionable practices, this was a great experience and I would recommend Diane and Lauren without hesitation. ~ Zev Asch, East Northport, NY
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Angie's Super Service Award Angie's Super Service Award Angies List Super Service Award 2011 CSIA Don Leavitt Award CSIA Saint Florian Award CSIA Andrew Schukal Award CSIA Fred Toldo Award

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