Is Your Dallas Chimney Problem Free & Clean? Find Out With A Professional Chimney Inspection
Having a chimney and fireplace is great, but how can you tell if the system is as clean and safe as you need it to be? Simply shining a flashlight up into your chimney won’t tell you much, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for – but we can help. The team here at Hale’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair specializes in chimney inspections and has the equipment, experience, and knowledge to thoroughly evaluate your chimney and fireplace from top to bottom. We perform all three levels of inspections, as defined and detailed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and can give you the peace of mind you need the next time you go to enjoy a fire in your fireplace. So, what are the three levels of inspections and which circumstances call for which levels? We’re glad you asked!
Level I Inspections
Have you kept up with annual chimney inspections and maintenance? Does your chimney and fireplace seem to be in great working order? Have you enjoyed another year of use with no changes to your system, appliance, or usage? Then there’s a good chance all you really need is a level I inspection. This is our most routine and basic inspection and we include it with all of our chimney cleanings and sweepings. During a level I, our trained techs look at the readily accessible portions of the chimney and appliance, and verify that the flue is free of blockages and major buildup.
Level II Inspections
Are you upgrading to a new fireplace, stove, insert, or gas log set? Does your fireplace or stove seem to be operating a little differently or less efficiently than it did in the past? Did you just buy a new home? Did you have a run-in with a chimney fire or some severe weather that you think may have damaged your chimney? Are you relining your flue? If you answered YES to any of these questions, a level II inspection is probably best for you this year. During a level II inspection, we check all readily accessible portions of the chimney and appliance, but we also use Chim-Scan video technology to get a good look at the inside of the flue. If it’s possible to access the attic, basement, or crawlspaces that surround your chimney system, we’ll inspect those areas as well. Not only will we search for flue blockages and buildup, but we’ll also check to make sure the flue is the right size and material for the appliance you have or are considering upgrading to. And if we find any damage, excessive buildup, or trouble spots, we’ll provide you with photos and a detailed analysis of our findings, including our suggestions for moving forward.
Level III Inspections
If you have a problem with your chimney and attached appliance that we just can’t seem to get to the bottom of without removing parts of your home’s structure — like your siding, walls, or other areas surrounding the chimney — then a level III inspection may be necessary. This inspection can require some demolition, which is why we really only perform level III inspections as a final resort, after much discussion with the homeowner. Don’t worry – we won’t do anything without discussing it with you first!
No matter how your appliance and chimney are performing, schedule your chimney inspection each and every year — the NFPA recommends it and it can help ensure you’re getting the most out of your chimney and fireplace. Let our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified sweeps tackle your annual chimney inspection this year, call 972-562-6851 or head to our online appointment request page! With our 20+ years of experience serving the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area and our commitment to customer satisfaction, you’re guaranteed to be glad you called!