We Specialize in Three Levels of Chimney Inspections
As Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified sweeps, we’re trained to perform our chimney inspections based off of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 standard. Getting this maintenance done helps you avoid time-consuming and expensive repairs down the line, and it enables you to use your system as safely and as efficiently as possible with every passing year.
Get your inspection booked now, so you can use your fireplace with ease when the cooler months arrive.
Which Inspection Do I Need?
The level of inspection you’ll need will be based on your unique situation. For instance, a person who never switches their fireplace routine and books their inspection before every burning season won’t need the same type of inspection as a person who just invested in a major renovation or experienced some extensive damage.
If you’re not sure what you need, our experts would be happy to help. Give us a call to go over the current state of your system, and we can make recommendations from there. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of each:
- Level I Inspections: This is the type of inspection most of our customers will need. It’s done when the chimney/venting system is easily accessible, hasn’t faced any recent remodels, renovations, or repairs, and when the homeowner is planning to enjoy their unit as usual in the upcoming burning season. We’ll verify that your system is looking structurally sound and that the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, like creosote.
- Level II Inspections: Level II inspections are required after the addition of a new home heating appliance, after a change in fuel type, upon the sale or transfer of a property, or after an operating malfunction or external event (like a tornado, flood, lightning strike, etc.) has occurred that may have caused damage to the chimney. These will include everything in a level I inspection, plus the inspection of accessible portions of the attic, basement, and any crawl spaces. You’ll also receive a video inspection, and possibly a performance test such as a smoke test or a pressure test.
- Level III Inspections: When a Level I or Level II inspection suggests a hidden hazard in a normally concealed area, a Level III inspection is recommended. During these, parts of the home walls or chimney may be removed or demolished to gain access to the potentially affected areas.
How Often Do I Need an Inspection?
Both the CSIA and the NFPA recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning. While eliminating the risk of these entirely isn’t possible, inspections are the most effective way to drastically reduce it.
Other than that, you’ll also want to schedule an inspection if…
- you’ve made a change to your system (replacing the liner, changing fuel types, etc.)
- you’re having unusual problems with the fireplace or chimney
- you’re experiencing poor performance or inefficiency
- you’ve had a chimney fire
- you’ve experienced a hazardous weather event
- you’re buying or selling a home
Ready to Book Your Spot?
If you’re ready to get your inspection booked, give us a call. It’s always going to be better to spot damages well before they become big problems that put your home and family in danger (and cost a fortune to fix). Most don’t schedule this maintenance until fall, but we’re happy to get it done in spring or summer so you’re not fighting for a convenient spot.
This is one job you can cross off your to-do list early, so why not request an appointment today? Reach out online or give us a call at 513-727-0994 to get started.