Annual Chimney Inspections Help Protect Your Home and Safety
Each year, dozens of preventable chimney fires occur in the U.S., destroying homes, valuables, and lives. But those of us here at Chimney Solutions are committed to providing expert chimney services and inspections in efforts to reduce these numbers and provide our neighbors throughout the Indianapolis area with peace of mind. We specialize in the three levels of inspections as established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), and can let you know exactly what your system needs in order to operate at maximum efficiency and safety. Whether you use your chimney and fireplace every year or not, let our team help you keep your chimney system safer and in better condition.
The 3 Levels Of Inspection
There are 3 levels of inspections, each appropriate for different situations. Here’s a little about each and when they’re recommended:
Level 1 – Even if you don’t plan to use your chimney this season, the NFPA and the CSIA recommend that you have a level 1 inspection performed each and every year. Level 1 inspections are ideal for chimney systems that haven’t undergone any changes or shown any signs of damage or defect. These inspections should really be conducted at the same time as a chimney cleaning. During a level 1 inspection, we’ll check all easily accessible parts of your appliance and chimney, looking for creosote buildup, chimney blockages, or any other safety, functionality, or efficiency concerns. The areas we inspect include: smoke chamber, firebox, damper, stovepipe, chimney cap, chimney crown, chimney exterior, masonry, and mortar joints.
Level 2 – Have you changed or do you plan to change your appliance type, fuel type, or flue? Have you noticed any issues with your chimney system? Did you recently purchase your home? Have you experienced a chimney fire? All of these scenarios call for a level 2 inspection. During a level 2 inspection, we use a video camera to inspect the accessible areas of the chimney system and attached wood stove, appliance, or furnace. We’ll look at both the interior and exterior parts of the system from top to bottom, including all of the components inspected during a level 1 inspection.
Level 3 – If a level 2 inspection is unsuccessful at identifying issues or reveals extensive damage that can’t be addressed without further inspection, a level 3 inspection will need to be performed. Level 3 inspections oftentimes involve the removal of parts of the system like brick, flue pipe, crown, masonry, walls, etc. These inspections are relatively rare and are only performed when there is no other way to address the issue or threat.
Have you scheduled your annual inspection? If not, give Chimney Solutions a call! We’ll thoroughly inspect your chimney system and appliance and let you know if any repairs need to be made. All of our inspections include a written report of our findings and recommendations. To request your appointment, call 317-757-6979!
We do complete chimney repairs all the way from the firebox to the smoke chamber and up through the chimney crown. Chimney Solutions offers the best chimney services available to the entire greater Indianapolis area.