Chimney Inspection & Diagnostics
We have been providing chimney inspections for the real estate industry since 1983. Our highly trained staff of certified chimney technicians can provide you with a comprehensive report that includes digital photos, building codes, industry standard references, and any recommended repairs. If requested, an exact cost of repair can be supplied with the report. You can expect fast, convenient scheduling and report turn-around time. Reports can be emailed, faxed, or mailed.
We offer two types of inspections that meet the National Fire Protection Agency's 211 standard for fireplace evaluation:
This is a visual inspection recommended when the chimney and venting system is easily accessible. The chimney sweep will be able to give you a basic condition report after this inspection as well as an estimate for recommended repairs, if any. We inspect the readily accessible areas of the chimney in the living area and at the exterior of the home such as the firebox, damper, and smoke chamber. Outside, the cap/spark arrestor will be checked to make sure it does not restrict the draft, and that it meets local building codes. The structure will be checked for basic soundness, any evidence of deterioration, and to verify the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, such as creosote. This inspection should be done every one to three years.
This is the inspection recommended before modifications, during a change in property ownership, or after a chimney fire or earthquake. The scope of the Level Two inspection includes that of the Level One plus the inspection of accessible portions of the attics, crawl spaces and basements. A closed-circuit camera system may be used to complete a Level Two Inspection. The camera is used to inspect the condition of the interior of the flue. You will receive a detailed written report outlining any areas of concern.