Chimney inspections are critical for keeping your chimney and fireplace system running safely and efficiently. But why do we suggest scheduling inspections early in the year?
Doodlebuggers Fireplace, Grill & Outdoor Store performs many inspections throughout the Pensacola, FL, and Destin, FL, areas, and we’ve found that having inspections performed shortly after the New Year’s festivities are over is ideal for many homeowners.
For one thing, it’s easy to remember. You probably have a list of things to accomplish as the new year moves along, so adding chimney inspection and service to the list is a way to make sure it gets done.
Another reason for a mid-winter inspection is that chimney inspectors tend to be very busy at most other times of the year. This can make it difficult to get someone out to your house at a time that’s convenient for you.
Finally, a chimney inspection early in the year will make it easier to schedule any repair work that might be needed. Chimney repair technicians, like chimney inspectors, often get swamped as the year progresses, so early scheduling of repair projects is best for everybody concerned.
Licensed chimney inspectors do a lot more than just take a cursory glance at your chimney. Depending on the chimney’s needs, three different levels of inspection can be performed. These levels are standard in the industry and are recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Level 1 chimney inspection: This is the basic inspection, during which the inspector will closely examine all visible areas of your chimney, including the masonry, the chimney cap, the chimney crown and other components.
Many of the most common chimney repairs are needed for damage to the masonry or one or more of the chimney’s components.
Level 2 chimney inspection: A Level 2 inspection is recommended when:
Level 2 chimney inspections include video imaging to allow the technician to see “invisible” parts of the flue.
Level 3 chimney inspection: When severe damage to the chimney system has occurred, a Level 3 inspection is called for. This inspection typically involves removing sections of the chimney structure and parts of the building materials of the home near the chimney in order to get to the problem.
Many things can go wrong with a chimney system that can lead to dangerous operating conditions. Problems might include:
A proper chimney inspection is the best way to spot these and other problems and get them resolved.
The skilled chimney technicians at Doodlebuggers are ready to help with your New Year’s chimney inspection and all other chimney services you might need at any time of year.
Speak with a chimney expert today at 850-477-1151 in Pensacola, FL, or at 850-243-0154 in the Destin, FL, area. You can also get in touch with us online using our handy contact form.