Chimney Inspections — Get The Peace Of Mind You Need To Relax In Front Of The Fire
How’s the inside of your chimney system looking? Without an annual inspection, it can be hard to tell. You could have damage, nesting animals or birds, creosote buildup, and other issues that could compromise the safety, performance, and efficiency of your system, and you wouldn’t even know it.
That’s why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urge homeowners to have their chimneys inspected at least once every year — even if they aren’t used.
Is it time to have your chimney inspected? Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. is here to make sure you stay in the know, so you can relax when you light up a fire on a chilly night.
Which Chimney Inspection Do You Need?
Chimney inspections should be done once a year, regardless of use. Why? Because there’s a lot you won’t know just by looking at the exterior of the chimney and fireplace.
During an annual inspection, hidden issues — not just fire hazards, but chimney leaks and other issues — can be unveiled so you know what, if anything, needs to be done to keep your system in tip-top shape. By keeping up with annual inspections, you’ll know about damage and concerns in the early stages, when it’s least threatening and least expensive to address. But which inspection is right for you?
There are three levels of inspection, based upon standards set by the National Fire Protection Association Code/Standard NFPA 211, and the experienced team here at Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. specializes in all three.
- Level 1 — A basic visual inspection performed if nothing has changed and the use of your chimney will be the same as before. During this inspection, we’ll check for blockages and damage.
- Level 2 — A more in-depth inspection than level 1. This is performed if changes are going to be made to the system (i.e. fuel type, changes to shape or materials in the flue, or changing or adding an appliance). Level 2 inspections are also required if a property is changing hands, after a problem occurs, or if something has caused damage to the building. We use ChimScan closed-circuit television cameras to capture images and video of your chimney’s interior, and check for damage, buildup, leaks, and other problems, so you can be confident you’re getting the full picture with the report we provide.
- Level 3 — A level 3 may be performed if serious hazards are detected. The purpose of this inspection is to determine the condition of the system when other inspections have proven unable to. Level 3 inspections include all of the areas included in levels 1 and 2, but may also include the removal of components of the chimney or home.
When Is A Video Scan Or Inspection Needed?
In addition to your annual inspections, are there other times you should have your chimney inspected? Yes! The NFPA recommends scheduling an inspection when:
- buying or selling a home
- experiencing changes in performance
- swapping out appliances
- changing fuel types
- relining the flue
- you’ve had chimney fire or severe weather event
We’ve Been Serving Fayetteville Since 1983 & We’re Here For You When You Need Us
Keep your fireplace and chimney in great shape and stay abreast of any damage or risk by making annual inspections a must in your home. Schedule your next inspection with a CSIA-certified and experienced professional from Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. by calling 479-751-0432 or filling out our online appointment request form today. We’re here to help you keep your risk low and your chimney system looking great and working properly — this year, and every year.
Call today for unparalleled service from committed, enthusiastic, highly trained professionals you can count on.
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