Fireplace and Chimney Inspections
Chimney inspections are our most popular service, aside from cleaning. When purchasing or selling a house, inspections are crucial. They're also necessary for safe chimney functioning on an annual basis. We strongly advise having your chimney inspected by a trained chimney sweep at least once a year, even if you don't use it frequently. There are several causes for this. For starters, whenever you burn any kind of wood in your chimney, the smoke causes creosote deposits on the inside. While a little amount of buildup is OK, after years of accumulation, creosote can obstruct your smoke's exit from the chimney or ignite, resulting in a chimney fire. As a result, your structure may be severely harmed. You don't burn wood very often, do you? Creosote may not be a problem. Animals dwelling in your chimney, on the other hand, could be. It's preferable to have one of our inspectors locate a bird nest and infestation than to start a fire only to find animals in your chimney or flue. Then there's the issue of chimney damage. Chimney damage can happen at any time of year, but it's especially dangerous in the winter since freezing temperatures can freeze any moisture that has invaded your chimney's brickwork. This expansion can produce cracks in your masonry, compromising the overall structural integrity of your chimney. It's far better to pay the money, get a basic inspection, and uncover problems before they become major difficulties. We provide three different types of chimney inspections:
Level I Chimney Inspection: The most typical chimney inspection is Level I, which is performed when the chimney is known to be in good functioning order, has been used sparingly, and exhibits no evidence of wear, damage, or problem. A Level I Chimney Inspection includes a thorough examination of the chimney, chimney cap, firebox, and fireplace itself from top to bottom. If no problems are found, the chimney sweep will write a report and hand it over to the homeowner.
Level II Chimney Inspection: A Level II Chimney Inspection is usually required when a Level I Chimney Inspection uncovered issues that needed to be investigated further, or when a homeowner plans to make a change to their chimney, fireplace, firebox, or flue – or when conditions change in some other way. Level II Chimney Inspections are more thorough than Level I Chimney Inspections, and they examine all aspects of the chimney in greater depth.
Level III Chimney Inspections: The most thorough sort of inspection, Level III Chimney inspections spend a significant amount of time studying potentially hazardous components of your chimney. During these inspections, each component of the fireplace and chimney system is examined, and any possible hazards are identified. Level III inspections are only performed if a fault has been detected or proven (and must be resolved), or if major renovations or adjustments have been made.
Are you unsure what type of chimney inspection you require? That's OK. Call our staff today and we'll lead you through a few simple questions. This will assist our staff in determining the proper level of inspection and providing you with the best possible service to keep your chimney in great working order.