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We Offer All Three Levels Of Chimney Inspections!

While chimney sweepings are important to keep your fireplace burning safely and efficiently, chimney inspections are equally important. “A chimney inspection is like an annual dental check-up,” Director of Education for the CSIA Ashley Eldridge said. “It’s preventative maintenance that helps minimize potential hazards.”

Whether you use your fireplace frequently or a few times a year, an inspection is important. This helps to identify areas of damage in your chimney system such as leaks, animal entry, drafting issues, and more.

Three levels of chimney inspections

We Offer All Three Levels Of Chimney Inspections - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganThe National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”. Then three levels of chimney inspection came into the picture to standardize chimney safety.

At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we are proud to offer our customers all three levels of chimney inspection! The level of inspection your chimney needs depends on many factors including fireplace performance, fuel source, and maintenance. Our certified chimney sweeps can help you determine which level of chimney inspection you need.

Level I inspection

A Level I chimney inspection provides a comprehensive picture of the chimney system. Most homes only need a Level I inspections, especially if you properly maintain your chimney. During this inspection, the chimney sweep inspects all accessible interior and exterior portions of the chimney. This helps to identify areas of damage or deterioration in your chimney system that are difficult to spot.

Level II inspection

Level II chimney inspections provide a complete picture of your chimney system by using technology to inspect the flue. Our professionals use closed-circuit cameras to view the inaccessible portions of the flue to check for signs of damage. Level II chimney inspections are commonly recommended when a change has been made to the chimney system, such as changing fuel sources or installing a new insert. Level II inspections are also required before buying or selling your home.

Level III inspection

A level III chimney inspections are the most invasive inspection. It requires portions of the walls or bricks to be removed to access the chimney and flue for possible damages. Experts recommend level III inspections in cases of natural disaster such as fire, earthquake, or tornado. This inspection assesses the structural stability of the chimney and home to ensure the safety of your family.

You should add an annual inspection to your list of regular maintenance. This is critical to help identify chimney problems while they are still minor, which saves you time and money on major repairs down the road. For more information on our levels of chimney inspection or to schedule your next appointment, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!