It’s the end of summer and most people are trying to enjoy the warmth for as long as possible. They’re not yet thinking about the winter months and their fireplaces. You should get your chimney inspected annually, before you light your first fire of the year. However, most people call to schedule an appointment to have their chimneys and fireplaces inspected in winter or late fall. By calling us now, however, you can avoid the rush and make sure that you can get an appointment before you want to use your fireplace.
Why Are Annual Inspections Important?
Inspections are incredibly important. While you may not think that something is wrong with your fireplace, there are many hidden dangers that an untrained eye can easily miss. A variety of things, such as animals, may have made their way into your chimney and obstructed the air flow. Hidden damage and creosote buildup put your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and/or a chimney fire. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends that your chimney be inspected:
- At least once a year
- When you purchase a new home
- Any time there has been a change to any appliance that vents directly into the chimney
- Any time there has been significant structural work done to the home
You’re In Good Hands
The chimney professionals at Old Hat Chimney Service are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), so you can expect industry-leading standard from us in every job we perform. We’re always dedicated to providing the highest level of service and customer care.
Old Hat technicians also possess industry-leading tools, including chimney video scanning systems. This gives us a much more detailed look at your flue. Without these video systems, technicians rely on eyesight, flashlights, and instinct to spot any potential danger lurking in your chimney. The video is simply much more accurate and allows us to see even minimal damage and correct it before it becomes a much larger issue.
Different Levels of Inspection According to Need
A level one inspection is recommended if you are using the same chimney in the same way. It’s a visual inspection of the readily accessible parts of your chimney and heating appliance.
A level two inspection will be performed if a home is being bought or sold, a new appliance is installed, or a flue liner has been replaced. This inspection includes the same things as a level one inspection, and in addition, we access the upper and lower parts of the chimney system in attics and basements or crawl spaces.
A level three inspection is appropriate when damage or potential damage has occurred (this could be due to fire, lightning, strong winds, or other circumstances). It includes the same things as the previous two inspection types, and an inspection of the system behind permanent parts of the chimney, appliance, or home. This means that the level three inspections may require the removal of drywall or masonry.
Old Hat Chimney Service technicians can help schedule the correct inspection for your chimney. Call us at 770-529-2654 or click here to schedule an appointment today. Don’t wait until everyone is rushing for an appointment to call us!