Don’t Neglect Your Annual Chimney Inspection!
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) expend considerable effort outlining ways to protect the safety of home and business owners who use heating appliances and chimney systems. And both organizations clearly state that yearly chimney inspections are key to maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency.
During a comprehensive, professional chimney inspection, technicians will check all of the accessible parts of your chimney, from the firebox that holds your fire, to the damper that closes off the flue when it’s not in use, up the entirety of the flue liner. All of the parts of your chimney system contribute to its function in important ways, whether they’re protecting the system (and your home) from water intrusion, helping encourage proper draft or protecting the combustible materials in your walls from heat. That’s why it’s important that each and every part is able to perform its individual function properly. Your chimney system can only do its job at 100 percent when every piece is intact and in place.
Industry-Leading Service, Industry-Leading Tools
The chimney professionals at Old Hat Chimney Service are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), so you can expect industry-leading standards from us during every job, from start to finish. Whether we’re there to perform your standard annual inspection or rebuild the entire chimney – we’re dedicated to the highest level of service and customer care.
Old Hat technicians are also armed with industry-leading tools, including state-of-the-art chimney video scanning systems. These allow us to get a much more detailed look at your flue. Without chimney scanning systems, technicians rely on flashlights, eyesight and instincts to make sure damage isn’t hiding in there. A chimney video scan allows us to see damage even when it’s minimal, and repair it before it gets worse. It also allows us to share all our findings with you, so you remain informed about any service we recommend for you.
Different Levels Of Inspection For Different Needs
A standard chimney inspection, or Level 1 inspection, will be your recommended annual inspection if you’re using the same chimney system in the same way – if there hasn’t been a fire, you’re using the same appliance and the same fuel. It’s a visual inspection of all the readily-accessible parts of your chimney and your heating appliance.
Other circumstances will call for different levels of inspection. If a home is being bought or sold, a new appliance has been installed or a flue liner has been replaced, we’ll recommend a Level 2 inspection, which gives us access to the upper and lower portions of the chimney system in attics and basements or crawl spaces.
When damage (or potential damage) has occurred — whether it’s due to fire, acts of nature (lightning, seismic activity, major winds) or other circumstances — a Level 3 inspection will be the most appropriate. It includes inspecting areas of the system that are covered by permanent parts of the chimney, appliance or home, so removal of those parts (like drywall or masonry) is oftentimes necessary.
Although not required by industry standards, a video inspection is included with most inspection services in order to provide you with a more comprehensive inspection of your chimney system.
Old Hat Chimney Service technicians can help schedule the right inspection for your Atlanta chimney. Give us a call at 770-529-2654 or click here to request an appointment!