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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.

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.

Call us today and ask about our “sweep you off your feet” guarantee!

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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This company is one of the best around. Don't be fooled by some of these shady companies out there. I bought my wood stove from Total Chimney back in 2005. It is now 2009. The stove had a MFG defect that just showed now. Steve sent his crew over and repaired the stove with no questions asked. He stands by his products. I have used him since putting this wood stove in for the yearly cleanings as well. His crew does a great job and they are neat and full of knowledge about their products. They never leave a mess behind. I would not hesitate to buy another stove from Total Chimney. They stand by their products and really provide great service. I live out in Bethany and it gets cold! My stove heats my house just like Steve said it would. I couldn't be more pleased. He insisted I put the stainless steel chimney liner in with the stove. I was reluctant but this was money well spent. The stove runs very efficient and I sleep well at night knowing it was properly and safely installed. Be sure you line your chimney. It makes the stove run better and makes cleaning very easy from inside the hosue. 5 stars all the way!
~ Bethany