Chimney Inspections

Why is inspecting important?

Getting a chimney inspection is a crucial step in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and longevity of your chimney and heating system. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be inspected annually to address all safety and quality issues.

Level 1 Inspections

A Level 1 chimney inspection is the most basic and fundamental type of chimney inspection, as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Our Level 1 Inspection Includes:

  • Visual Examination: The inspector visually examines accessible portions of the chimney, fireplace, and related components. This includes the exterior of the chimney, as well as the interior components that are readily accessible without the use of special tools or equipment.

  • Checking for Obstructions: The inspector ensures that there are no obstructions in the chimney that could hinder the proper venting of gases. This includes checking for the absence of debris, animals, or other blockages.

  • Assessing Basic Soundness: The inspector assesses the basic soundness of the chimney structure. They look for signs of damage, such as cracks or deterioration, and check for any indications of problems that might require further investigation.

A Level 1 chimney inspection is appropriate in situations where the chimney system is used regularly, there have been no changes or issues, and the homeowner plans to continue using it as intended. It is often performed as part of routine maintenance to ensure the ongoing safety and functionality of the chimney. It’s important to note that a Level 1 inspection may not involve the use of specialized equipment like video cameras or tools to access concealed areas of the chimney.

Level 2 Inspection

A Level 2 chimney inspection is a more comprehensive examination compared to a Level 1 inspection. It is recommended when there is a specific reason to believe that the chimney system may have a problem or when there are changes to the system, such as a change in fuel type, the installation of a new heating appliance, or after a chimney fire. Level 2 inspections provide a more in-depth evaluation of the chimney’s condition and are defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Our Level 2 Inspection Includes:

  • Everything in Level 1: A Level 2 inspection includes all the elements of a Level 1 inspection, including a visual examination of accessible portions of the chimney, checking for obstructions, and assessing basic soundness.

  • Video Camera Inspection: A Level 2 inspection involves the use of a video camera (also known as a chimney camera or chimney scan) to inspect the internal surfaces of the chimney flue. This allows for a more detailed examination of the condition of the flue liner and identification of any potential issues.

  • Inspection of Concealed Areas: If there are accessible doors or panels, a Level 2 inspection includes the inspection of concealed areas of the chimney and its components. This may involve removing certain components, such as doors, panels, or sections of the chimney structure, to gain access for a thorough examination.

  • Evaluation of Proper Clearances: The inspector assesses the clearances between the chimney and combustible materials, ensuring that they meet safety standards and regulations.

A Level 2 chimney provides a more comprehensive understanding of the condition of the chimney and is essential for identifying potential hazards and ensuring the safe operation of the heating appliance.