Chimney Inspections & Certifications
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners have their chimney inspected at least once a year.
Clements Chimney Sweeps offers three levels of chimney inspections as well as professional chimney certifications. Each level of inspection has a specific scope of work and specific criteria.
Buying, Selling or Renting a Home?
For the sale of a property, rental agreement, or for insurance purposes, we offer chimney inspections and certifications. We work with home buyers, home sellers, and Realtors. The inspection is pass/fail and includes recommended repairs, if needed. The cost of certification may be put towards any repair work, if accepted within a certain amount of time. Please note there is an additional charge for camera inspection.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)'s 211 (Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances) is the standard upon which chimney sweeps base their services. This standard classifies chimney and venting system inspections into three levels: Level I, Level II, or Level III.
Level I Inspection
This inspection is recommended when the chimney and venting system is easily accessible and when the homeowner is planning to maintain its current use. In general, this is the level of inspection performed in most homes. In a Level I inspection, a certified chimney sweep verifies that the chimney structure is sound and that the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, such as creosote.
Level II Inspection
The addition of a new home heating appliance or a change in the type of fuel a homeowner is burning requires a Level II inspection. This inspection level is also required upon the sale or transfer of a property, or after an operating malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. The scope of a Level II inspection includes that of the Level I inspection plus the inspection of accessible portions of the attics, crawl spaces, and basements. It may also include a performance test such as a smoke test or a pressure test, and possibly an interior chimney video inspection if recommended by the chimney sweep.
Level III Inspection
When a Level I or Level II inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without access to concealed areas, a Level III inspection is recommended. This type of inspection confirms the proper construction and condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Level III inspections are generally necessary when investigating an incident that has caused damage to a chimney or building, or where a hazard is detected and suspected. Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent fire and carbon monoxide poisonings.