We follow NFPA 211 Standards for inspections
Common items a sweep looks for during an inspection is: missing mortar joints between the tile liner sections, unparged or open corbels in the smoke chamber; cracked, blown out, or missing tile liners; puffed or burnt ash creosote that is a sign of a chimney fire; correct height of the chimney; and note any smoking or performance problems as well as several other items. Please let us know if you have any draft problems so we can diagnose it at the time of the appointment.
A camera allows us to inspect the chimney from a range of just a few inches away instead of just looking from the top or bottom of the chimney. The camera image is viewed on a TV monitor by our trained inspector/technician. Video inspections may be recommended by the customer or sweep suspect of certain problems.
Will you use a camera?
Level I is a visual inspection of readily accessible areas of the chimney structure and flue and basic appliance installation and connection.
Level II includes Level I visual inspection Plus proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations, proper construction and condition of accessible portions of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues, all accessible portions the chimney exterior and interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements. Includes inspection by video camera scanning.
* This level of inspection is required by NFPA 211 when a house is sold or when an appliance is changed, or prior to relining a chimney as of 2000. See other reasons…
Note: We clean all masonry chimneys if necessary prior to the inspection in order to properly view the interior flue.
Level III includes Level II inspection, Plus proper construction and condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and flues (this requires demolition or removal of portions of the building where necessary). This type of inspection is used for cause and origin fire investigations or when a chimney has known damages such as a chimney fire or lightning strike.