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As the last remnants of winter fade away and the gentle warmth of springtime beckons us outdoors, it’s easy to forget about the fireplace that faithfully kept us cozy during the colder months. However, before you shift your focus entirely to outdoor activities and summer plans, there’s one essential task that deserves your attention: booking a springtime chimney inspection.

From clearing out winter debris to addressing potential issues before they escalate, a springtime inspection offers numerous benefits that every homeowner should consider. Ready to get set up? Schedule with us online now or give us a call when you can. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Why Book Your Fireplace Inspection This Spring?

So, why do sweeps recommend crossing this task off your to-do list early?

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  • Creosote Removal: This time of year is perfect for clearing out creosote and other debris from the previous burning season. It’s easier to tackle before it settles in and congeals – and before it can trigger any damage.
  • Early Repairs: Identifying any damage or inefficiencies now allows for plenty of time to schedule repairs before the next burning season. Addressing concerns early prevents last-minute rush and ensures your fireplace is ready when you need it.
  • Convenient Booking: Booking your inspection early ensures you secure a spot in our schedule before our busy fall season begins. As colder weather approaches, demand for fireplace services increases, making it harder to find available slots for preventative maintenance. Booking early guarantees peace of mind and avoids potential scheduling conflicts.
  • Optimal Weather Conditions: Spring and summer typically offer better weather conditions for chimney inspections, making it easier for technicians to work comfortably and safely on your roof. In addition, some items (like mortar) need to cure in warmer weather to ensure long-lasting results.
  • Cost Savings: Conducting an inspection during the warmer months allows you to address any potential issues before they escalate, potentially saving you from costly repairs down the line.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Regular chimney inspections and cleanings help maintain good indoor air quality. There is lots of hidden buildup and debris in your flue that can come into your home during downdrafts. An early inspection will ensure you’re set up right.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your chimney and fireplace are in top condition during the offseason gives you peace of mind and allows you to enjoy your summer activities without worrying about potential fireplace-related issues.

We Offer 3 Levels of Chimney Inspection

Most don’t realize there are actually 3 levels of chimney inspections. What you need depends on how often you invest in maintenance, whether or not you’ve changed anything about the appliance (fuel type, upgrades, etc.), and more. Here’s a brief rundown:

Level 1 Chimney Inspections

These are the most basic level of chimney inspection and are typically recommended for chimneys that have been inspected every year and haven’t undergone any changes to the system. Our inspectors will examine accessible portions of the chimney’s exterior and interior, as well as the connection points to the appliance and flue. We’ll also be checking for basic structural soundness, as well as ensure that the chimney is free from obstructions or significant buildup of creosote or debris.

Level 2 Chimney Inspections

A Level 2 inspection is more comprehensive and is recommended under specific circumstances, such as:

  • after changes to the heating appliance, chimney, or fuel type
  • when purchasing or selling a property
  • after a major storm or natural disaster
  • if it’s been over a year since the last inspection
  • if a level 1 inspection revealed some issues that need further investigation

In addition to the checks performed during a Level 1 inspection, a Level 2 inspection may involve using specialized tools or equipment to access hidden areas of the chimney, such as crawl spaces or attic spaces. Level 2 inspections should also include a video scan to provide a detailed view of the chimney’s interior condition and identify any potential hazards or defects.

Level 3 Chimney Inspections

A Level 3 inspection is the most comprehensive and invasive type of chimney inspection – but it’s also the least common, so don’t stress too much. It’s typically recommended when significant defects or hazards are suspected that cannot be evaluated with level 1 or level 2 inspections.

Level 3 inspections may involve removing components of the chimney or building structure to access hidden areas or conduct further evaluation. This level of inspection is reserved for situations where there is a serious concern about the safety or structural integrity of the chimney, such as following a chimney fire or when extensive damage is suspected.

These inspections are conducted on a case-by-case basis and may require coordination with other professionals, such as engineers or contractors, to address any identified issues effectively.

Chimney Sweep vs. Chimney Inspection: What’s the Difference?

A chimney sweep and a chimney inspection are two distinct services, each serving a unique purpose in maintaining the safety and efficiency of a chimney system. That said, they are usually completed together – it’s hard to get an accurate analysis of a chimney without clearing it out first!

Here’s the difference between the two:

  • Chimney Sweep: A chimney sweeping involves the physical cleaning of the chimney and fireplace system to remove built-up creosote, debris, and other obstructions. We’ll use specialized tools and equipment, such as brushes, rods, and vacuums, to clean the interior surfaces of the chimney flue, fireplace, and chimney cap – while ensuring your home stays mess-free in the process. The primary goal of a chimney sweep is to reduce the risk of chimney fires, improve the chimney’s draft and airflow, and ensure the safe operation of the heating appliance.
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  • Chimney Inspection: A chimney inspection involves a visual examination of the chimney and fireplace system to assess its condition, safety, and functionality. During these, we’ll evaluate various components of the chimney, including the flue liner, chimney structure, masonry, connectors, and appliance venting, and we’ll check for signs of damage, deterioration, obstructions, and other issues that could pose a safety hazard or affect the chimney’s performance.

Book With Us Today

Ready to get your annual inspection on the books, so you can rest easier this fall and winter? Call today. We’re here to help you out every step of the way.