If you can’t remember the last time you had your chimney inspection, it’s time to give Anderson’s Chimney & Masonry Services a call! A clean chimney not only improves efficiency, it reduces the risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide gasses in your home. There are more than 24,000 chimney fires reported each year in the United States. Our CSIA Certified Technicians are trained and knowledgeable in all kinds of systems, including oil, wood and gas burning appliances.
We perform a comprehensive Level 1 Visual Inspection with every chimney sweep. With every inspection, we check from where you burn to the top of the chimney. We inspect the crown, brick, mortar for cracks and deterioration, flashing, smoke chamber, damper, firebox and hearth. We use state of the art equipment when inspecting and sweeping your chimney.
Benefits of routine chimney inspections and maintenance:
- Assure chimney integrity for all fuels: oil, gas, wood, or coal
- Catch problems before they cause the need for expensive repairs
- Monitor changes over time
- Protect your home investment
- Increase the safety and performance of your heating appliance
- Provide peace of mind for your family
Importance of Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is always more cost effective than making repairs that could have been avoided. Annual chimney inspections are critical for regularly used chimneys. Even if used occasionally, a chimney system should be inspected annually and routinely cleaned, if necessary.
“Chimneys, fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom of deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” – National Fire Protection Association
Our Three Levels of Inspection
A Level 1 Visual Inspection is a multi-point inspection to determine if your chimney system meets current safety standards, using digital cameras, lights and mirrors to inspect your flue. This chimney inspection is recommended for annual maintenance and prepping for the burn season.
An Enhanced Inspection with Video Scan in a Level 1 Inspection but with the use of our state-of-the-art Chim-Scan video camera. We highly recommend a Video Scan inspection when you are moving into a home where you are unsure of how the previous owners kept up with their repairs. Just because you have a home inspection, don’t be fooled. Your home inspector does not do a detailed inspection of your flue.
Enhanced Inspections with Video Scans are not just for new homeowners. If for any reason you think there is a problem, or if you think you may have had a chimney fire, you should also request an Video Scan inspection. This level of inspection can find all kinds of issues, including cracks and broken flue tile mid way down your chimney, lightning damage and signs that you may have had a chimney fire.
A Level 2 Inspection includes everything in an Enhanced Inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. This will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
At the end of our inspection process, our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will give you an inspection report with detailed recommendations on any and all findings. If we discover that your chimney or fireplace is in need of repair, you’ll be given a cost-effective solution to correct the damage.
Additional Inspection & Consultation Services
- Heating appliance replacement (NFPA code)
- Insurance claim
- Property transfer (NFPA code)
- Advice and information about your installation and safer burning practices