One of the most vital systems in your house is the network or equipment and areas of the house that help to heat the house during cooler periods.  The very health of your family depends on the health of your chimney as it helps to vent away the gases and other by-products of burning fossil and non-fossil based fuels in order to heat the house.  A chimney can become blocked because of soot or creosote, could have non-fuel related obstructions such as birds’ nests and other animal that might have become trapped in the chimney.  Additionally, over time and through regular use, a chimney may begin to experience wear and tear that needs to be addressed.  Finally, with all that Mother Nature throws at us each year, harsh weather can also be responsible for damage to the chimney.

The reality is that any damage or other issues that could hinder the proper and efficient operation of your home’s chimney must be discovered quickly and addressed to avoid future problems.  The chimney cleaning professionals at Extreme Chimney can perform a thorough inspection of your chimney either in conjunction with a regular cleaning and maintenance visit or whenever you may have a concern about the chimney itself.  There are three levels of inspection that can be performed based on the situation and the need.

Level 1 inspections are performed if your fireplace/stove/heating system is unchanged from the previous inspection and is to be used normally.  The technician will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level 2 Inspections occur when any changes are made to the system, such as a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.  Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operational malfunction or external event that may have caused damage to the chimney.  A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements

Level 3 Inspections inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.

Whatever your situation, Extreme Chimney can provide you with a full inspection of your chimney, diagnosing any issues and recommending the appropriate corrective measure.  Let Extreme Chimney give you and your family the peace of mind you deserve.