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
Levels of Inspection
Level 1 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 and will ensure basic soundness of the structure and flue, along with the appliance connections. If we see any reason for concern or can not get a good look at the flue, we also scan the flue with a special video monitor at no additional charge.
Level 2 Inspection
If you are making any changes in the way you use your chimney, such as converting from wood to gas, relining the flue, or if anything has happened like a lightning strike that may have caused damage, a level 2 chimney inspection should be done.
NFPA 211: Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances requires a Level 2 inspection upon the sale or transfer of a property. 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.
Level 3 Inspection
The level 3 inspection is performed when serious damage to the chimney is suspected and is the most detailed of all inspections. In addition to all that is done in a level 1 and level 2 inspection, a level 3 inspection will also examine the concealed areas of the chimney. This may also include the removal of certain parts of the building or chimney structure if necessary.
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