Fireplace & Chimney Inspections
A fireplace in the home undoubtedly increases the enjoyment and comfort of a home, and having a fireplace increases the financial value of your home as well. However, a great deal of maintenance and responsibility comes with having and using a fireplace. Fireboxes, chimneys and the exterior of the hearth all need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to keep occupants safe and prevent house fires from occurring. Along with maintenance, regular inspections should be performed. If you do not have the knowledge or ability to inspect your fireplace, please call a professional that is qualified to do it for you.
Types of Fireplace Inspections:
A level-one inspection includes a visual check of the fireplace and chimney without any special equipment or climbing up on the roof. The inspector looks for damage, obstructions, creosote buildup and soot. Based on the inspection findings, the inspector will advise you of whether or not your chimney needs a sweeping (a cleaning of the chimney).
A level-two inspection is vital if you have experienced a dramatic weather event such as a tornado or extreme severe weather, you have made a major change to your fireplace such as fuel type, you have experienced a chimney fire, or your have just purchased the home.
A level-two inspection includes a level-one chimney inspection, plus the inspector visits the roof or uses drone technology to examine the roof area around the chimney. The inspector will also visit the attic and crawlspaces to search for potential damage. Based on the inspection findings, the inspector will advise you on what repairs and cleaning are needed.
A level-three inspection is considered 'destructive and intrusive'. It consists of the logical and progressively more detailed inspections of Level-One and Level-Two eventually progressing into something that in most cases resembles a demolition job. It may involve tearing down and rebuilding walls and your chimney, and is usually done after a chimney fire or related catastrophic event.
What We Inspect ...
We perform Level-One and Level-Two inspections only. If after a Level-Two inspection is performed and it is deemed necessary to rebuild the chimney structure, we will refer you to a qualified third-party contractor to perform the rehabilitation necessary to replace your chimney.