Owning a fireplace comes with some responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is chimney inspections. Having chimney inspections done regularly will ensure that everything is working properly and no foreseeable issues are present. Here is what you need to know about chimney inspections.
What Do Chimney Inspections Look For?
During your chimney inspection, the inspector will look for any structural integrity issues, leaks, cracks, buildup of soot and creosote, and any blockages.
How Often Should Chimney Inspections be Done?
We recommend having your chimney inspected once a year, no matter how often or how little you use your fireplace. It is also highly recommended to have a fireplace and chimney inspected before purchasing a home with a fireplace.
What Types of Chimney Inspections are Available?
There are three levels of chimney inspections. Level one is a general inspection of the chimney and its physical structure. A level two inspection is required when changes are made to the chimney or when a home transfers ownership. It is also recommended after a chimney experiences damage from a fire or severe weather. It includes all the services of a level one inspection, plus a visual scan of the accessible pieces of the interior of the chimney. Level two is the type of inspection we typically perform at Swept Away Chimney. Level three is a more detailed inspection of the interior of the chimney and requires removal of some parts of the chimney.
What’s the Difference Between a Chimney Sweep and a Chimney Inspector?
A chimney sweep and a chimney inspector are not the same thing. A chimney sweep is someone who cleans and clears a chimney of soot and creosote. A chimney inspector is someone who is certified to inspect and diagnose issues with or damage in chimneys. It is important when hiring someone to work on your chimney to ask them for their credentials.