Chimney Inspections Can Save Thousands!
Our chimney sweep crews help customers in towns like Glastonbury, Hebron, Portland, East Hampton, Marlborough, Berlin, Southington, Meriden, Farmington and the surrounding area with chimney inspections, chimney repairs, and annual chimney maintenance.
Are you letting dollars go up in smoke and risking a serious incident because your chimney has not been properly inspected for deficiencies?
You may have seen our fully stocked and marked service trucks with state-of-the-art equipment around town. Our chimney sweeps were out doing chimney inspections and chimney cleanings at your neighbors homes in the Middletown, Manchester, Glastonbury, Farmington and Central Connecticut area or doing restoration / repair work across the entire state of Connecticut. Combine that with our fully licensed, insured and qualified staff with the certifications that make us the top experts in our area. Northeastern Chimney, Inc. is the reliable source that you can count on year after year to keep your home safe, and keep your systems in top working order.
An annual chimney inspection is a must if you want to ensure that your fireplace, stove, insert, and venting systems are functioning safely and efficiently. Deficiencies in the chimney system are not always apparent or easy to see. Homeowners often make the mistake of thinking an unused fireplace is problem-free. In fact, one of the most dangerous situations a homeowner can encounter is thinking a fireplace & chimney that has not been used in years is ready for usage. In reality, your chimney could have faced years of deterioration, or blockage could have developed due to years of inactivity. Issues like these could cause a house fire or may even expose the household to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. A lot of serious, sometimes fatal, house fires that occur each year have involved the use of a neglected fireplace. Don’t put your home or family at risk! Contact us so our certified chimney sweep technicians can make sure your chimney system is safe to use.
Do I need to worry about a chimney inspection?
If you have not used your fireplace, stove or furnace in some time or are having some performance issues it may be wise to schedule an inspection with a chimney sweep. Whether you are dealing with an unused fireplace or regularly used chimney system, a yearly inspection is imperative. Animals may have built a next in your flue, or weather may have deteriorated the structural integrity of the chimney making it unsafe to use. Winters freeze and thaw cycles combined with normal wear and tear may have created unsafe operating conditions with your system. Each year these unsafe conditions cause more than 200 million dollars in property loss, and are responsible for many needless injuries and deaths. We strongly recommend annual inspections and cleanings, repairs, or service when warranted to avoid these dangers.
What Level Chimney Inspection Do I Need?
In the past, it was up to the discretion of the chimney technician what was included and necessary to do a proper inspection of your stove, fireplace or furnace venting system. Now, we rely on industry standards that have been established by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). The inspection standards are referred to by a Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 depending on the specific appliance and venting system.
LEVEL I CHIMNEY INSPECTION
If your chimney performance, appliance or venting system has not changed and you simply want to be confident in the continued safe use of the system, you will need the Level 1 inspection done on an annual schedule. We usually combine this service with the annual cleaning and sweeping that should be scheduled to guarantee continued safe use of your stove, chimney or furnace.
Our chimney inspection tech will examine the readily accessible portions of the interior and exterior areas of the chimney and the appliance or chimney connection. This includes the firebox, smoke chamber and damper along with the cap and crown on the exterior of your chimney. We will be looking for any chimney structure or flue defect or underperforming areas with the appliance installation or connections. The whole system must be found to be clear of any blockage or deposits that may be combustible.
LEVEL II CHIMNEY INSPECTION
A Level 2 inspection is recommended when you have had any changes done to your system. If you have changed fuel type, or had the chimney relined, if you have replaced your furnace or appliance (especially if the rating or efficiency differs from what was there prior). If you recently bought the home and are not familiar with the system performance, plan to do modifications to your chimney, stove or heating system or have had a chimney fire recently a Level 2 inspection is in order.
A Level 2 inspection is an in-depth look at the entire chimney, stove or furnace system. It includes all steps covered with a Level 1 inspection and also includes a visual inspection of all internal surfaces and joints. We use a Color Video Inspection tool to look inside the chimney or flue. This allows for a complete top to bottom visual inspection of your system.
A written report is produced that details all areas that may be of concern.
LEVEL III CHIMNEY INSPECTION
Level 1 and 2 methods are included with Level 3 inspections, but with this type inspection portions of the structure or chimney will be required to fully investigate the deficiencies that exist. Many areas that are concealed from visual examination may need to be opened up by removing bricks, masonry, metal flue pipes, interior chimney walls, chimney crowns or other components of your system. These inspections are only required when the earlier inspection Level 1 or 2 reveals a serious problem and we need to gain access to the problem areas hidden from view. Level 3 inspections are needed on less than 2% of all inspections when serious problems are suspected that require immediate action.
Just purchased a new home or installed a new heating system or stove? Now is the time to make sure your chimney and venting systems are adequate and operating correctly. Now’s the perfect time to have your chimney inspected to make sure it will meet the requirements of your new usage.