CHIMNEY INSPECTION ONCE A YEAR?
When it comes to your chimney inspection the question is never if the chimney should be inspected, it’s when should it be inspected? Chimney safety professionals and industry leaders recommend that a New Jersey chimney be swept and inspected annually. The hard fact is that residential fires do happen, and when they do, there are often catastrophic results. In 2011, there were 365,500 structural residential fires (house fires) resulting in 13,400 injuries and 2,240 deaths, not to mention the $6.46 billion in property loss. One of the best ways to reduce the number of fires is to have your chimney and fireplace inspected annually for safety and functionality.
WHAT KINDS OF CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS ARE THERE?
There are three different levels of chimney safety inspections, all designed and created by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Upon arrival, your outfitter will determine what level of inspection is appropriate and best for you.
LEVEL I OR VISUAL CHIMNEY INSPECTION
A Level I chimney inspection covers all readily accessible portions of the exterior and interior and the accessible portions of appliance and chimney connections. A Level I inspection does not include a video scan but you can choose to add this option for a more thorough evaluation of fireplace or furnace flue system.
If you are selling your house, or buying a new one the NFPA recommends a Level II inspection. Inspection requirements for purchasing a new home are different for each transaction but it is highly recommended that the chimney be thoroughly inspected to avoid costly repairs later. Most home inspectors do not have the expertise to evaluate the condition of the chimney. A Level II inspection covers all accessible portions of the chimney interior and exterior including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements and includes inspection by video scanning.
Chimney Camera Inspection
There is one more level of inspection and that is a Level III. Hopefully you will never need this degree of inspection because it is designed to uncover structural damage or problems in concealed areas of the chimney. A Level III inspection is usually called for if there is damage to your home because of a chimney fire or severe storm, this includes lightning damage, wind damage and earthquakes. If we can’t determine the safety of the system by doing a Level I or Level II inspection then a Level III will be recommended.
Our certified technicians are prepared to bring your fireplace and chimney into proper working order should any issues arise during the inspection.
In Need of Chimney Inspection?
We are specialized and member off NCSG in Chimney inspection, chimney sweep, chimney liner, chimney repair, fireplace smoke guard, chimney crown repair. Contact us at (201) 981-8382 to set up an appointment today. Remember that all of our work is Satisfaction Guaranteed.
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