Chimney Inspections & Safety Inspections
If you take great care of your chimney and fireplace, you can expect it to last for decades and decades — but a little neglect can take years off of your chimney system’s life. Have you been keeping up with annual maintenance and inspections? Would you know if there was a problem, however minor or major?
Take it from us, discovering problems, concerns, chimney leaks, and chimney damage early on can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Life is stressful and expensive enough as is — don’t let your chimney add to that stress and expense. Instead, schedule annual chimney inspections with an experienced and knowledgeable chimney professional.
We follow the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) recommendations and guidelines and urge homeowners to schedule an inspection each and every year. By trusting your inspections to the team at SirVent Lexington, you’ll always know when it’s time to schedule a cleaning, repair, or other service, before things get bad or dangerous.
When to schedule a chimney inspection:
- After severe weather/weather damage
- After a chimney fire
- When a property’s changing hands (buying/selling real estate)
- When your system has been unused for an extended period of time
So what’s included in each inspection and when would you need to schedule a level I, level II, or level III?
- Level I inspections are the simplest inspections we offer and are really much like a general health checkup. Our team will look over the crown, cap, smoke chamber, firebox, damper, and masonry, and check for any damage, leaks, blockages, and creosote buildup. We recommend these when fireplaces and chimneys are operating optimally, without any changes. If you’ve kept up with inspections every year, you probably won’t need to invest in anything more than a level I.
- Level II inspections are designed to give us a good look at everything, including the interior of the flue. As we do in level I inspections, we’ll inspect the readily accessible portions of the chimney and fireplace, including the crown, the chimney cap, the masonry, the damper, the firebox, and the smoke chamber. So what makes a level II different? We use a video camera to inspect the flue, from top to bottom. This allows us to see everything up close, so that if flue damage is present, we don’t miss it. We also check readily accessible portions of the chimney, like attics and crawlspaces. We recommend these inspections when you notice or make changes in your system (like changes in liners, appliances, or performance), and when you’ve experienced a fire or severe weather event that could have caused damage to your system.
- Level III inspections are more like troubleshooting inspections when all other inspections fail to reveal the heart of the problem or the extent of the damage. During these, we may need to do some demo work in order to get to the source of the issue, so these are really only performed as a last resort.
As a company committed to fire prevention and safe practices, we can’t stress enough the importance of annual chimney inspections. Know what type of condition your fireplace and chimney are in by scheduling annual inspections, and enjoy a stronger, safer, cleaner, more efficient chimney system. Call 859-241-1182 or request an appointment with one of our experienced techs online today. We’re here to deliver first-class, thorough service right to your door, wherever you are in the Lexington area.