When temperatures drop and we all settle in for the winter, nothing warms the body and comforts the mind like a roaring fire in the fireplace or stove. As CSIA certified chimney sweeps, we understand the allure and appeal of a crackling fire, but we also understand that routine maintenance is necessary to ensure that you and your family are safe when you have a fire going in your hearth appliance.
We also know how difficult it is to detect problems and identify concerns from the outside, which is why we adhere to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) recommendations for chimney inspections.
The NFPA 211 states that all chimneys and venting systems should be professionally inspected yearly, and we urge our customers in Jackson and all throughout the surrounding counties to make inspections a priority. Doing so can make it easy for you and your family to keep your chimney system in great working order so you can safely enjoy it for years to come.
Why Are Chimney Inspections Necessary?
What is included in a chimney inspection or safety inspection?
We follow the NFPA 211 when conducting inspections, and we offer level 1, 2, and 3 inspections for every situation and chimney condition. Inspections can reveal a number of problems and issues, like:
- damage to the chimney and fireplace (including components like the damper and smoke chamber)
- structural concerns or design flaws
- inadequate clearance to combustibles (which could lead to a house fire)
- chimney leaks
- flue blockages
- improper connections
- missing flue liner
- creosote buildup
- and more
When you call SirVent STL Chimney & Venting Service to schedule an inspection, we’ll ask you some questions about your system to determine which level of inspection is needed. If you’ve had an annual inspection without missing a year, a level 1 inspection will likely do just fine. If you think you’ve had a chimney fire, you’ve noticed changes in performance, you’ve installed a new hearth appliance, you think you have a chimney leak, you’re buying or selling the property, or you’ve relined your flue recently, a level 2 is probably best.
The biggest difference between the two is that a level 2 inspection includes a camera inspection of the flue interior, while a level 1 inspection only includes a visual inspection using a flashlight and some mirrors. With both inspections, however, we’ll inspect the chimney and fireplace system and any accessible components.
Level 3 inspections are saved for special circumstances when level 1 and 2 inspections can’t provide the information needed to determine the health of the chimney and fireplace. These inspections can include some demolition, but we’ll never remove any portions of your system or home without first getting approval from you, the homeowner.
Is It Your First Time Using Your Fireplace — Or Your First Time In A Long Time?
If you haven’t used your fireplace in a while or you’ve recently moved into a home and want to make sure the fireplace is in good working order before the winter season, you’ll want to schedule a level 2 safety inspection. This will allow us to get a good look at the interior and exterior of the system and make sure it has a clean bill of health before the first fire.
Make sure your chimney is safe for use and ready when you are by scheduling a chimney inspection or safety inspection with SirVent STL Chimney & Venting Service today. We’re here to provide peace of mind so you can sleep better at night and enjoy your hearth with all smiles. Call 573-652-3926 or request an appointment online to have your chimney inspected by one of our CSIA certified, licensed, and insured chimney professionals today.