A warm autumn can give a false sense of comfort that the winter will be mild, but don’t be fooled. Cooler weather is on its way. Use these extra summer-like days to ensure that your fireplace is ready for winter by scheduling an inspection.
What is the purpose of a chimney & fire inspection?
Think of any type of inspection — car inspection or home inspection. What is it doing? It’s used to assess fitness to learn of any damage and weakness. The same is true with an inspection of a chimney and fireplace. Damage and weakness of this type bring on hazards, such as fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. These hazards come about due to grime and blockage and an inspection will help determine these hazards and their extent. Masonry problems are another area that an inspection will catch. Masonry that is flaking, chipping or breaking can lead to structural weakness and water infiltration. The reasons for having a chimney inspection are important for the safety and maintenance of your home and, if needed, help you form a game plan for repairs.
What is involved in an inspection?
Professionals trained and certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), such as those at Owens Chimney Systems, perform three levels of inspection, depending upon the need. Level 1 is the most basic and is typically for homeowners who have annual cleanings and haven’t made any changes in their heating system. The technician assesses the interior and exterior structure to make sure there has been no deterioration since the last inspection, checks all connections and the flue, and eliminates blockages and accumulations.
When there have been changes to the heating system, if something doesn’t seem to be working properly, or you’ve bought or sold a home, then you’ll need a Level 2 inspection. This inspection goes beyond the Level 1, but also includes crawl spaces, basements, and attics, as well as a video scanning.
A Level 3 inspection is the most in-depth, building upon Levels 1 and 2, but this one involves removing and replacing parts and sections that are no longer healthy for the system. For instance, if the chimney crown is deteriorating, the current one would be removed and a new installed. More extensive than the other levels, special tools are normally needed for a level 3 inspection.
Owens Chimney Systems professionals will give you an honest assessment of which level of inspection your chimney needs. Annual inspection are recommended by CSIA and the National Fire Safety Association to ensure that your chimney and fireplace are fit for use whenever you are ready to build a warm and cozy fire. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.