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Why Chimney Inspections are Necessary

totalchimneycare-579144_437162889643094_576979044_nAn annual chimney inspection is a modest investment that can help prevent chimney fires and reduce the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected each year. Even if you don’t burn wood in your fireplace regularly, it is important to have your chimney inspected to check for hidden damage such as cracks, leaks and structural problems as well as critters and debris.  According to the NFPA, heating equipment (including the chimney) is the leading cause of house fires. Chimney fires can cause massive devastation to your home, but fortunately, an annual chimney inspection can uncover problems and keep your fireplace safe to use.

chimney tech going over video inspection findings

It is important to have your chimney inspected each year as part of your regular home maintenance schedule, but there are other times when a chimney inspection is required. Below is a video provided to consumer by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) that will help you understand the process.

When the Inspection is Required

  • When you buy or sell a home
  • Any time there has been a natural disaster, fire, hurricane or other event that may have caused damage to your chimney or the surrounding structure
  • Whenever you are doing repair work to the masonry on your home
  • When you have a new insurance policy
  • Any time you have a new heating appliance installed

There are three types of chimney inspections: Level 1, 2 and 3. The type of inspection required depends on the kind of chimney you have and the condition of the structure.

Levels of Inspection

Level 1 – The most common type of chimney inspection. Here, the technician will visually inspect all accessible parts of your chimney.

Level 2 – In a Level 2 inspection, the technician will inspect everything in the Level 1 inspection, plus some additional work in the attic, crawlspace or other accessible areas. We may use a video camera to check areas not visible to the naked eye. You can check out more about the Chim-Scan video system that we use here.

Level 3 – This is the most extensive type of inspection, including everything from the Level 1 and 2 inspections, and is not done often due to total tear down of the structure in most cases. A Level 3 inspection is typically only required when serious damage is suspected.

At Total Chimney Care, all of our technicians are fully qualified to inspect, service and repair your chimney. We will arrive on time and treat you and your property with courtesy and respect. You can count on us to make sure your chimney is safe so you can focus on enjoying your fireplace.

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If our inspection of your chimney indicates a need for repair, don’t despair! Total Chimney Care can handle whatever repair is needed as part of our fireplace and chimney services expertise.

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I am a first time homeowner and very new to keeping a home. The other day, I received a phone call from a chimney company asking if I needed my chimney cleaned. They gave me a great price of $40, so I figured, why not. My husband and I were looking forward to using our fireplace and at that price how could I go wrong. The company showed up and started to scare me that my chimney could not be cleaned, because if they did, the entire chimney would collapse. They started to scare me, that if I did not do this, my gas furnace would leak carbon monoxide into my home and it would be unsafe for my family. They were really pressuring me into a $2000 repair job. When I said I needed to discuss it with my husband, they got really aggressive and insisted I do it right away. They wanted cash and would do it for half price if I did it now. They finally left after some tense moments. I told a friend about this and she told me to call Total Chimney Care. I did and was greeted by a nice woman on the phone. She seemed to know what I was talking about and understand my fears about having someone else come out. I agreed on an appointment (reluctantly) and waited for them. They arrived, looked at my chimney, and showed me that nothing was wrong. They cleaned my fireplace and even showed me how to use it. They were great, honest, and made me feel comfortable. I would use them again and recommend them to anyone. Thanks for reading. :-)
~ Christine