Chimney Inspection

Schedule a Chimney Inspection

At The Chimney Doctor, we provide all chimney inspection types. A yearly chimney inspection is recommended. An insurance inspection is slightly more detailed in that they may involve us filling out, or helping to fill out, a form as requested by your insurance company. A video inspection is completed by request and recommended as necessary.

Even if you don’t use your chimney regularly there are other reasons to have your chimney inspected. Other forms of deterioration and weathering occur whether or not an appliance or chimney is used.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” For example; metal or brick can weather and deteriorate, animals can build nests inside your cap or chimney, sealants used on your roof beginning to fail, flashings and storm collars begin to leak or peel away from your chimney, etc…

Scheduling a regular chimney inspection each year will save you money in the long run. Instead of making larger, more costly, repairs years down the road smaller repairs can be made at regular intervals to help to help protect your chimney from weathering and keep your chimney safe and operable.

Level 1 Chimney Inspection

Before and after each chimney cleaning a Level 1 Chimney Inspection is performed. We evaluate the overall condition of your chimney or flue from the top and bottom and determine whether or not any repairs are needed. We inform you as the home owner or property manager and provide estimates for any recommended repairs. Using bright lights and mirrors we look up and/or down your chimney to visually inspect it top to bottom and make sure it will be safe for your continued use. Level 1 inspections include all readily accessible areas of your chimney system and usually do not include attics or crawlspaces.

Level 2 Chimney Inspection

These are usually performed prior to buying or selling a home and involve the inspection of ALL accessible areas of your chimney system, including rooftops, attics, and crawlspaces. Everything included in a Level 1 Inspection is included as part of a Level 2 Inspection. A Video Inspection may or may not be necessary though will be recommended if appropriate (additional charges apply).

Level 3 Chimney Inspection

The inspection of all accessible areas, as well as some or all of the concealed areas of your chimney, are included in a Level 3 Chimney Inspection. The physical removal of permanently affixed building materials is usually required. These inspections are generally performed after a structural fire or where a Level 2 Chimney Inspection uncovers a cause for concern, charring of combustible materials near the chimney, or badly deteriorated chimney liners. A Video Inspection may or may not be necessary though will be recommended if appropriate (additional charges apply).

Video Inspection

When a video inspection is performed a camera is run the entire length of your chimney system to look more closely at any system deficiencies or take a peek into unseen areas that cannot be visibly seen from the top or bottom of the chimney. We inspect joints and seams in piping and flue tile construction, the interior facing of brick and mortar joints, offsets in the chimney structure, and other unseen obstructions and obstacles.

The most common reason we perform video inspections is usually because a chimney fire has occurred although for safety reasons we always recommended them when you are upgrading from a coal or oil burning appliance to a gas appliance. In this instance the unique combination of the two exhausts forms sulfuric acid, which eats away the lining of the chimney or bricks, causing debris to fall and potentially block the chimney, forcing Carbon Monoxide (CO) back into the home.