As every chimney owner knows, it’s extremely important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. There are many things to look for, such as creosote build-up, rusty dampers, cracked chimney crown, damaged flashings, or crumbling mortar. When you have your chimney inspected by the professionals at Black Velvet Chimney, you know we will look for these things and more.
Level One Inspection
Even if you have had your chimney inspected annually, you may not realize that there are different levels of inspection. Each one holds a specific purpose, and we will recommend which level of inspection your chimney may need. We will recommend a Level 1 inspection if you have had your chimney inspected regularly and make necessary repairs. At a Level 1, we will just inspect what is “readily accessible” in the interior, exterior, and in the fireplace assembly. We’ll check out your chimney structure and your flue as well.
Level Two With Video Inspection
If you have made changes to your fireplace or chimney system, or are selling your home, a Level 2 inspection is necessary. Changes would include moving from a wood-burning to gas or changes to your chimney. Damages that may require a Level 2 inspection could be from weather, a chimney fire or a building fire. A Level 2 inspection includes a video inspection so we can see inside the chimney flue.
Level Three Inspection
If a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection indicates structural damage to your chimney, we’ll recommend a Level 3 inspection. This type of inspection will require special tools to look deeper into the interior of the chimney, and may require rebuilding.
Get a Video Inspection
If you really want to know what’s going on in the interior of your chimney, it’s best to let us come in and do a video inspection. This allows us to check for damage from a chimney fire, any blockages, or hidden structural damage. These things could easily lead to further damage if left unrepaired. When Black Velvet Chimney does a video inspection, you know we’ll find any hidden dangers and make the necessary repairs. We aren’t happy until we know your fireplace is running safely and efficiently. Give us a call today!