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Which Level Of Inspection Does Your Chimney Need?

With cooler temperatures upon us, you’ll likely be hosting a gathering or two with loved ones. If you’re gearing up for a busy couple of winter months, then it’s time to ensure your fireplace and chimney are ready. Whether you’re spending the evening with friends and family, or you just want to cozy up alone with a crackling fire. The team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help with all of your fireplace needs!

An investment you’ll definitely want to make is a chimney inspection. Our qualified and experienced team is CSIA certified, and we can perform all three levels of inspections. Not sure what level you need? Learn more about what each level offers below, and give us a call today!

One, Two, Or Three?Level Of Chimney Inspection

So, what does each level of inspection entail? Well, the first is the most simple. A lot of fireplace owners do a great job investing in regular care for their system, and this maintenance tends to pay off when the time comes for an annual inspection. In a level one inspection, we’ll examine all readily accessible parts of your fireplace and chimney, checking for signs of damage and build-up along the way.

If you haven’t made any major changes in construction or fuel type in the past year, and if you’ve regularly received care from a certified chimney professional, then you should be good to go with a level one inspection this fall.

A level two inspection includes all the steps of a level one inspection, but we’ll also include a video analysis. With the use of modern equipment, we’re able to snake a camera up your flue. This gives us a thorough, accurate, and in-depth look at the inside of your system. Level two inspections are done when there’s been a big change to the appliance or if there’s been extensive damage due to storms or bad weather. They are also required in the transfer of property such as when you are buying a selling your home.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection. These aren’t needed as regularly and are only done when parts of your fireplace need to be removed in order to find the source of an issue. We do our best to avoid this level of inspections, as it takes extreme measures, but sometimes it’s the only option, if we find that your system is life threatening to your home and family.

Inspections Lead To Safer Fireplace Use

Many people wonder if inspections are really necessary every year. We are here to reassure you that it’s well worth the money and time. By avoiding a yearly inspection, it can lead to big damages that require a lot of extensive repair work and lots of time and money. They also ensure your system is not clogged or other issues. This helps to lower your risk of chimney fires, house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and more hazards. Contact our crew today – we guarantee fast, efficient results!

By Jake Johnson on November 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

What We Look For In A Chimney Inspection

The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) is a nationally recognized non-profit that has been training and certifying chimney sweeps for years. Chimney companies all across the country know that holding these certifications gives them a step up in chimney knowledge. And at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney we take pride in maintaining these certifications year after year!

The CSIA strongly recommends scheduling at least one chimney inspection per year. This not only ensures your chimney stays healthy… it also keeps your home and family safer. Give us a call today, and know your fireplace is clean and in great condition with every season that passes you by!

The Inspection Process

First things first, we’ll find out what exactly you need based on your unique situation. When it comes to fireplaces, everyone is different! Some are newer, while some have been in a home for decades. Some have been completely restored, while others have a more traditional look and feel. Whatever the case is, we need to know what type of inspection you’re going to need.

Once we have that figured out, we will proceed with either a level 1, level 2, or level 3 inspection. A level 1 inspection is pretty basic. If your system is well-maintained and no serious changes or issues have occurred recently, then this type of inspection is likely all you’ll need. We’ll make sure everything is still running smoothly and that no new issues have popped up over the course of the last year.

If your chimney or fireplace has seen some renovation, a level 2 inspection will be the best option for you. This inspection is a little more in-depth and will ensure that everything is still functioning normally, despite any changes that have occurred. Also, if you are buying or selling a home, a level 2 inspection will be in order before any final decisions are made.

Lastly, there are level 3 inspections. These are far less common and are typically only required in more extreme circumstances. If special tools are required or certain parts of the chimney need to be removed, then we’ll opt for a level 3 inspection.

We Can Do It All!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we can perform all three levels of inspections, so you know that you are covered, no matter what. We take pride in what we do, and we really strive to do it all for our customer base.

If you are due for a chimney inspection, there is no time to lose! With our busy fall and winter season soon approaching, you’ll want to get something scheduled as soon as you can. Give us a call anytime to get on the books!

By Jake Johnson on July 20th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment