Chimney Inspections

Chimney Inspection by Certified Inspectors

Whether you’ve recently purchased a home with a chimney, or have lived in a home with a chimney and are interested in knowing the condition of your chimney, an inspection can be a wise choice.

How do you know if you need a chimney inspection?

A well-maintained and inspected chimney should ensure your family’s safety in the event of a fire. A chimney inspection can help you determine if your chimney is in proper condition and if any repairs or work needs to be done.

A chimney inspection includes an inspection of the exterior of the chimney, flashing, an inspection of the fireplace and firebox.

View the full Chimney Inspection Standard at: InterNachi Chimney Inspection Standard 

Single family home with a chimney
Internachi Certified Chimney Inspector
Certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors for Fireplace and Chimney Inspections

What is the Scope of Our Chimney Inspections?

Level 1 Chimney Inspection: Essential Safety Assurance

At our company, we offer professional Level 1 Chimney Inspections to ensure the safety and functionality of your chimney. This basic inspection involves a thorough visual assessment of the following elements:

1. Firebox: We inspect this crucial area where the fire is lit for any signs of damage or wear.

2. Damper: This critical component is checked to ensure it opens and closes correctly, promoting efficient airflow.

3. Chimney Cap and Crown: We scrutinize these areas for any signs of damage or deterioration.

4. Chimney Structure: The visible structure of your chimney is examined to identify any potential issues or weaknesses.

Understanding Level 2 and Level 3 Inspections

While our primary focus is providing meticulous Level 1 Inspections, it’s important to understand what Level 2 and Level 3 inspections encompass:

Level 2 Inspection: Generally required when changes have been made to your system, such as a change in fuel type, flue relining, or appliance replacement. Level 2 Inspections utilize video scanning technology to thoroughly examine the interior surfaces of your chimney and flue.

Level 3 Inspection: The most comprehensive inspection level, typically performed when serious hazards are suspected. This can involve the removal or destruction of parts of the chimney structure for complete examination.

If a Level 2 or Level 3 inspection is needed, we advise seeking the services of a professional certified to conduct these more detailed inspections.

Our commitment to you is to ensure your chimney’s safety and functionality through our professional Level 1 Inspection service.

How Safe is Your Chimney?

We perform inspections on chimneys and fireplaces to help ensure the maximum safety of these components of the home. Don’t let your indoor gathering run the risk of being a potential disaster; schedule your stand-alone chimney inspection at NextDay Inspect® today! You can schedule your inspection on our website at Schedule or Request a Quote

Things to keep an eye out for at your chimney inspection include but are not limited to: Adherence to the 3-2-10 rule for chimneys, proper flashing, proper use of a chimney cricket, any presence of efflorescence or indications of moisture and fireplace hearth, firebox and damper.

1) Adherence to the 3-2-10 Rule for Chimneys

The 3-2-10 rule states that your chimney’s shortest side must be at least 3 feet above the roof penetration. The top should be 2 feet higher than any part of the building within 10 feet.

2) Proper Flashing for Chimneys

Chimney flashing prevents water from entering the envelope of the home. A chimney inspection can help identify potential problems with your chimney, and can help ensure that it is functioning properly. In addition, a chimney inspection can help you determine the cost of repairs or replacement.

Flashing is a protective device used around chimneys to prevent water from entering the envelope of the home. Proper flashing can also protect the chimney from damage caused by ice and snow. One common problem with chimneys is water damage. Water can enter the envelope of the home through cracks in the flashing around the chimney, and can cause damage to the chimney itself. Chimney flashing is a protective device used around chimneys to prevent water from entering the envelope of the home.

3) Proper Use of a Chimney Cricket

If your home has a chimney that is wider than 30″, a cricket is recommended to be installed. The function of a chimney cricket is to divert water away from the chimney and prevent any water pooling along the side of the chimney that runs in parallel to the ridge of the roof.

4) Any Indications of Efflorescence or Spalling

A chimney that is experiencing spalling or efflorescence maybe compromised and in need of repair. Efflorescence is formed through the deposit of salts that occur when water is present in or on brick or other building surfaces. The visual make up of efflorescence is a white grey tint and it consists of salt deposits that remain after water has evaporated. Spalling is the breaking off of large flakes from the surface of a brick or masonry structure. Efflorescence and spalling can be a sign that water damage is occurring, and should be inspected by a qualified professional.

5) Fireplace Hearth, Firebox, and Damper Condition

Checking the condition of your fireplace hearth, firebox and damper are important to ensure proper operation of your fireplace. Our inspectors will evaluate and provide you with recommendations for any needed repairs or preventative maintenance for your chimney.

Chimney on top of slanted roof

Take a Look at a Sample Report

Get an idea of the format and items that would be listed under a Chimney Inspection.