I Need An Inspection

I want to know more information about chimney inspections and evaluations before I make an appointment.

> Why do I need to have my chimney inspected every year?
> What is the chimney inspection process like?
> How do the different levels of inspection differ?


Why do I need to have my chimney inspected every year?

Whether you’re burning wood or gas, you’re dealing with immense heat and a mix of dangerous, sometimes poisonous byproducts. So it’s important that your chimney is at the top of its game. If it fails to do its job, the consequences can be fatal.
The best way to make sure that your chimney is equipped and able to do its job is to schedule an annual chimney sweeping and an annual chimney inspection.

What is the chimney inspection process like?

The chimney inspection process varies depending on the circumstances. An inspection may simply consist of a visual analysis performed during an annual chimney sweeping, or it may include a more thorough video evaluation when a property is changing hands. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) clearly outlines the process that must be performed at each level of inspection, and the CSIA-certified technicians at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney follow those guidelines exactly.

How do the different level of inspection differ?

When you call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney to schedule your annual chimney maintenance, we’ll help you decide what kind of inspection is the most appropriate for your circumstances. If your system and the way you use it hasn’t changed in any way (you’re burning the same fuel, in the same appliance, with the same flue liner), odds are we’ll perform a Level 1 inspection.

Level 1 Chimney Inspections
When Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians come to sweep your chimney, you can expect to see them perform a Level 1 inspection, during which all of the readily accessible interior and exterior portions of your chimney system (from the firebox to the flue) will be inspected closely, and checked for signs of damage, danger and health hazards (such as carbon monoxide intrusion).

Level 2 Chimney Inspections
When a property is being bought or sold, it is necessary to have a more thorough Level 2 inspection, which includes access to areas that aren’t included in a Level 1 inspection (like attics and crawl spaces) and video scanning of the flue. You’ll also opt for a Level 2 inspection if there’s been a change to your system, like a new flue liner or a new appliance.

Level 3 Chimney Inspections
If a problem is found in a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection, you may need an even more in-depth Level 3 inspection, which can include the removal of materials around the chimney system, like doors or drywall, for a more thorough look into the system.

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