Why Do I Need To Have My Chimney Inspected?
How Do I Know If My Chimney Is Safe For Use?
You've just bought your dream home with a beautiful wood burning fireplace, the house is yours. But, did you know that a home inspector only checks the readily accessible areas of the fireplace, checking for obvious damage and does not do a thorough chimney inspection?
Now you are the owner of a beautiful home with a beautiful fireplace and no clue if it is safe. Unfortunately, we see this all the time and far to often the new owner ends up having to spend thousands of dollars of their own money before they can safely use the fireplace.
Don't let this happen to you. Have us inspect your chimney BEFORE you finalize any sale!
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, "A Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property.”
Have Your Chimney Inspected Once a Year
The most reliable and safest way to know whether your chimney and fireplace is safe for use is to have them inspected by one of our trained technicians.
Your chimney may not need to be cleaned each year, but for the safety of you and your home, it is recommended that you have your chimney Inspected by a professional at least once per burning season.
We will give you a thorough and honest report on the condition of your chimney and only clean it if it is necessary.
Along with your written inspection report we will tell you our findings and answer any questions you may have. We will also give you recommendations for future preventative maintenance and care.
Three Levels of Chimney Inspections
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) “An annual chimney inspection performed by a qualified professional can help prevent carbon monoxide intrusion and chimney fires. These inspections can also identify potential system issues to address them before they become costly.”
Level 1 Inspection: Should be done annually. The technician will look at readily accessible portions of your chimney,fireplace and connections.
Level 2 Inspection: Are required when there is a transfer of ownership, repairs have been made to the structure of the chimney/fireplace. The technician will examine the internal surfaces and joints of your chimney flue using a video camera as well as visually inspecting your fireplace and connections.
Level 3 Inspection: Is required when a Level 1 or 2 inspection is done and the technician finds a hazard that cannot be properly evaluated without removing parts of the chimney or building.