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Chimney Inspections

FlueTech provides Level 1, 2, and 3 NFPA-recommended chimney and flue inspections.

Chimney Inspections

Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspections

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends annual inspection of all fireplaces, chimneys and vents.

There are three levels of inspections.

Level 1 Inspections

Level 1 inspections are conducted during routine cleaning of the chimney flue or upon direct replacement of a connected appliances. 

This inspection includes readily accessible areas of the chimney, structure and flue. We check for obstructions or combustible deposits in flue, and inspect basic appliance installation and connections.

Level 2 Inspections

Level 2 inspections are needed to verify the suitability of the chimney for new or changed conditions of services or when a Level I inspection is not sufficient to determine the servicability of the chinmey.

Level 2 inspections are conducted under one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Upon the addition or removal of one or more connected appliances or replacement of an appliance with one of dissimilar input rating or efficiency
  • Prior to relining or replacement of the flue lining
  • Upon sale or transfer of the property
  • After an operating malfunction or external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney

Level 2 inspections include all items in a Level 1 inspection plus the proper construction and condition of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues. It also includes inspection of the size and suitability of flues for connected appliances.  

For Level 2 inspections, our inspectors require access to all accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces and basements, and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connections. 

Level 2 inspections include inspection by video scanning or other means of inspection. Pictures from the video scan along with a written report will be sent to the client.

Level 3 Inspections

Level 3 inspections are conducted under one or more of the following circumstances:

  • For the investigation of an incident that has caused damage to the chimney or building
  • Where a hazard detected or suspected as the result of a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection cannot be fully evaluated without access to concealed areas

Level 3 inspections include all areas of Level 1 and 2 inspections, proper construction and condition of concealed portions of chimney structure and enclosed flues, and proper clearances from combustibles.

Our inspectors will require access to all external and internal portions of the chimney structure including concealed areas of the building and chimney. Removal of components of the building or chimney may be necessary only to gain access to areas that are subject of the inspection.

Inspection Costs

  • Level 1: Included with cleaning or can be purchased alone.
  • Level 2 and 3: Price varies by job. Please contact us for an estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the most basic inspection. We will use a series of mirrors and a flashlight to complete this. This will include a full report and a few photos.

A level 2 inspection is completed with a 360 degree camera system dropped from the top of the flue down. A full report will be given with multiple photos. We do not generally retain video for these scans, depending on the job.

This is a pretty rare inspection type. It consists of physical opening of the chimney structure. This would be a special rare circumstance only.

This depends on the service but most services will require us to have inside access.

We work Monday through Saturday. Operating appointments are 9am to 4pm weekdays and 12pm to 4pm Saturday. We narrow timing the day prior and then call or text the day of when we are on the way. We try to give as much notice as possible. Please visit our scheduling page or call us at 866-358-3832 to schedule your appointment.

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