Reduce Your Fire Risk & Identify Issues Early With Annual Chimney Inspections
What’s the best thing you can do to prevent chimney fire and carbon monoxide hazards, and stay ahead of expensive repairs and devastating chimney leaks? Schedule a chimney inspection with a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified sweep every year! Annual chimney inspections are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the CSIA, and broken down into three different levels. Read on to learn more…
Level 1 — Has everything remained the same with your chimney system over the last year? No changes in performance, fuel type, efficiency, or appliance type? No chimney fires or severe weather events that could have compromised your chimney? Then a level 1 chimney inspection should do just fine. A level 1 is a basic level inspection during which we take a look at all readily accessible areas of the chimney and connected appliance.
Level 2 — Have you had a chimney fire or severe weather event? Are you experiencing smoke problems or water problems? Have you relined your flue or swapped appliances or fuel types in the last year? Are you buying or selling a home? All of these are reasons to opt for a level 2 chimney inspection. With a level 2, we’ll use a video scan camera to see what kind of condition your chimney is in, checking the flue and smoke chamber, and every other readily accessible area of the system. Because we insert the video scan camera into the chimney flue, we’re able to locate cracks, deterioration, rust and other signs of water damage or corrosion, chimney blockages (like birds nests), and areas of concern that would otherwise remain unseen.
Level 3 — If you’ve had a level 1 and 2 chimney inspection performed and there’s still no known reason for the problems you’re experiencing, or a level 1 or 2 inspection points to a deeper and more complex issue that can’t be resolved without some manner of demolition, a level 3 inspection may be needed. These inspections are rarely performed and are truly a last resort.
Why Schedule A Chimney Inspection Every Year?
- You’ll know when it’s time to have your chimney swept.
- You’ll know about leaks and other concerns while they’re still in the early stages.
- You’ll know if creosote or flammable obstructions are in your chimney before you light the first fire of the season.
- You’ll know if animals are nesting in your chimney and need to be removed.
So don’t put off chimney inspections — call Leonard & Sons Building Service at 847-658-7659. We’re experienced, CSIA-certified, and committed to providing quality, customer-friendly service to our neighbors in Chicagoland.