If you have a chimney and fireplace, odds are you only really see the fireplace on a regular basis. Some homeowners may check out the chimney with a mirror from time to time—but that doesn’t do anything but confirm that you have a chimney. The real issues that can take place inside your chimney will not be visible from the outside, or from the top or bottom only. The chimney system is possibly the largest system in your home, and most of it is hidden from sight. In order to protect your family and your property from disaster and loss, you need to be sure the system is in good shape.
Both the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend routine chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections in order to have the safest and most efficient chimney system. Most chimney sweep companies will combine a chimney sweep with a level 1 inspection—but what is a level 1 inspection?
Level 1—Recommended annually when a chimney system has not been changed, and the system will be used in the same way in the future. This inspection is an assessment of all readily accessible parts of the chimney system.
Level 2 –Recommended before the sale or transfer of property, when a change or repair has been made to the system, or when the chimney might have been affected by fire, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake. A level 2 inspection requires a video scan and includes everything from a level 1, as well as hidden portions of the chimney (in attics and crawlspaces).
Level 3 –Recommended if a level 1 or 2 reveals a hazard. This inspection may include removal of portions of the structure or the chimney in order to reach the hazard.
Anderson’s Enhanced Inspection with Video Scan
We understand that some circumstances may warrant a video scan without warranting a level 2 inspection. That is why we offer an enhanced inspection with video scan. This includes a level 1 inspection with the use of a state-of-the-art Chim-Scan video scanning system. This service is popular for new homeowners because home inspectors are not chimney experts! Do not put your new home in the hands of realtors, inspectors, or bankers that cannot assess a chimney properly. Not even a general contractor is certified to make chimney assessments or repairs. If you haven’t had a chimney inspection in the last 12 months, schedule an enhanced inspection with video scan.
A video scan will identify hazards, big and small, even in the furthest reaches of your system. You’ll be safer, your system will work better, and your homeowners insurance provider will take our word for it. Schedule with Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services by calling 717-975-3526 today.