Your chimney system is one of the largest systems in the home. Because much of the chimney is hidden from sight, you may not notice any problems. Unfortunately, damage can occur before a problem with the system is seen by a homeowner. Having an annual chimney inspection is the best way to prevent damage to the chimney system. At Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Service, we want to help you understand the importance of chimney inspections and why you need them regularly.

The Importance of Inspections

sweep cleaning chimneyBoth the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual inspections for a safe and efficient chimney. When you get a chimney inspection from a certified professional on a regular basis, hazards are caught early. This allows you to get minor repairs before they become major repairs.

These important inspections can prevent masonry damage such as spalling bricks and mortar, water damage caused by chimney leaks, flue fires, and more. These service appointments are affordable, and we offer them year-round.

CSIA Inspections

At Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services, we offer CSIA inspections so that our customers get the most thorough inspection for the highest level of safety. The three levels of inspection allow for every chimney to get the inspection necessary for the safety of your home and family.

  1. Level One
    The most common inspection
    Need to schedule this inspection annually
    Appropriate when your system has no change and no problems
    Includes: readily accessible portions of the interior and exterior chimney, connections, and basic soundness
  2. Level Two
    Need to schedule this inspection when changes/repairs/installations have been made
    Necessary after a natural disaster (i.e., tornado, earthquake) or fire
    Need this inspection when the property is sold or transferred
    No specialty tools required
    Includes: accessible portions of the interior and exterior chimney, video surveillance of flue interior, and all that in a level one
  3. Level Three
    Need to schedule this inspection when a hazard is suspected in a lesser-level inspection
    May require removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, masonry) to access hazard
    Usually requires repairs

Real Estate Inspections

The most common reason that homeowners schedule an inspection is due to a problem. Most homeowners usually can recognize a drop in efficiency or a chimney leak. However, homeowners often overlook the necessary inspection before a home sale or transfer. Most prospective homebuyers opt for a home inspection, but it fails to offer the same peace of mind as a chimney inspection.

When you schedule a real estate chimney inspection with Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services, you can rest assured that you have the most detailed report possible regarding the safety of your chimney system. Our report is accepted by your REALTOR, real estate attorney, code department, fire marshal, and mortgage lender.

If you’re a homeowner or prospective homebuyer and reside in South Central Pennsylvania, call Anderson’s Chimney for an inspection today. We can inspect your chimney, whether it’s a routine inspection to keep your family safe or a real estate inspection to protect your new investment. Call us today at 717-500-8522 or reach us by email at

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