Chimney Inspections

Annual chimney inspections ensure safety and peace of mind for homeowners with wood burning systems. We offer free level 1 chimney inspections for the Denver Metro area as well as most mountain communities.

– See what our technicians see – instantly!
– We look at your chimney from the fireplace to the cap. And all points in between.
– Some problems can’t be seen with just a peek and a flashlight.

chimney inspections

– Have confidence that your fireplace and chimney are safe to use.
– Prevent fire loss of property or life.
– Detect problems prior to catastrophic events.
– Determine repairs needed after a chimney fire has occurred.
– Recommended by the National Industry Standards and Associations.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual chimney inspections to prevent fire and carbon monoxide poisonings.

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– Buying or selling a home
– Catastrophic events – like a Chimney fire or lightning strike
– Before the first use of the season
– Visible soot above the fireplace
– Smoke in the home when fireplace in use
– Recent roof work
– Water stain marks near the chimney

Based on the NFPA 211 definitions the following is an explanation of the three levels of chimney inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level.

Level 1 Chimney Inspections – If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement.

A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.

In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection.

Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections.

The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level 2 Chimney Inspections – A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system.

Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.

Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney.

Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted.

A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection. When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended.

A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue.

Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection.

A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements.

It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.

There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection.

A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney.

No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.

Level 3 Chimney Inspections – A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary.

Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection.

When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.

Inspection Definitions

Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.

Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.