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We Perform Thorough Chimney Inspections You Can Trust

When you sit down to enjoy a nice warm fire in your home, you want to be confident that your chimney and appliance are in great condition and working the way they were designed to. Unfortunately, many things can alter the safety and efficiency of the chimney system, and many of the dangers and damages lie hidden out of sight. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that every chimney system should be professionally inspected every year.

There are 3 levels of inspections as defined by the NFPA in code 211. Each level is more involved than the previous, and the level that you need will depend upon your chimney’s condition and the circumstances.

Level 1 – A Level 1 inspection is pretty standard across the industry, and does not involve the use of any tools other than a flashlight and the naked eye. If you aren’t experiencing any problems, you haven’t made any changes and you aren’t planning on making any changes to your system and how you use it, a Level 1 inspection may suffice.

Level 2 – A Level 2 inspection is a bit more involved and is the standard for us here at Old Smokey’s. During a Level 2 inspection, we’ll snake a camera through your chimney system so that we can get an up close and personal look from top to bottom, recording footage and photos of any areas of concern. This level is recommended when the appliance or fuel type has been changed/is being changed, when the flue has been relined/is being relined, when a problem has been noticed, when weather may have affected the system, or when the property is changing hands.

Level 3 – A Level 3 inspection is really only suggested when there is no other way to determine or identify a problem within the chimney system. This level of inspection will involve some demolition, as we will have to check areas of the chimney system that are not readily accessible.

Call On Old Smokey’s For Your Annual Inspections!

Regardless of how you plan to use your system this upcoming season, it’s important that you make annual chimney inspections a priority in your home. Give us a call today at 260-587-9691 and we’ll help you determine what level of inspection you need. We also offer online scheduling!


As part of our complete chimney services, we provide expert masonry work including repairs and new construction.

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