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Sweeping a Chimney and Chimney Inspections

Sweeping a Chimney and

Sweeping a chimney and inspecting a chimney are often confused as the same service.   Sweeping a chimney removes soot and ash from the chimney flue.  A chimney inspection is an evaluation of the interior and exterior portions of the chimney.

Chimney inspections are often the first way to identify areas of damage or deterioration, structural problems, or other structural issues. Chimney inspections are also an important diagnostic tool. This is because it finds the cause of long-term performance problems. Many problems such as drafting, leaks, and animal entry are common.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”


What is a chimney inspection?

  • Level 1-visual inspections to determine if the flue needs to be cleaned.

  • Level 2-comprehensive inspection of the attic, crawl space, flue and surrounding areas to determine if the unit is safe to use.

  • Level 3-Is a level two but materials such as drywall, bricks, and flooring are removed to have access to areas in question.


When is a level 2 chimney inspection required?

1. Buying or selling a home: If you are buying or selling a home, a level 2 inspection may be necessary to ensure that the chimney is in good condition and safe to use.


2. Changes to the chimney: If you have made changes to your chimney or have experienced damage to your home, such as a chimney fire or earthquake, a level 2 inspection may be necessary to assess the condition of the chimney and determine if any repairs are needed.


3. New appliance: If you are installing a new appliance, such as a wood stove or gas fireplace, a level 2 inspection may be necessary to ensure that the chimney is properly sized and configured for the new appliance.


4. After a certain period of time: If it has been more than a year since your last chimney inspection, it's a good idea to get a level 2 inspection to ensure that there are no issues that have developed since your last inspection.


During a level 2 inspection, a certified chimney sweep will use a video camera to inspect the interior of the chimney and check for any cracks, damage, or other issues that may not be visible during a level 1 inspection. This inspection can help identify any potential safety hazards and ensure that your chimney is functioning properly. A level 2 chimney inspection can be an important diagnostic tool. They make sure your entire fireplace system is structurally safe, sound, and ready to use. Apart from inspections, also check out our chimney products today!


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They did a great job removing our old wood burning fireplace box and putting in a new gas fireplace insert in to take its place. There was some custom cutting of the replacement to fit in the old space and Casey did a great job of measuring and shaping to let the slate tile we have around the opening have maximum exposure. We LOVE our new gas fireplace.

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Had a great experience working with Stove Depot.  The owner and the staff are a pleasure to deal with. Very responsive and easy to work with.  Great installation and awesome selection of products to choose from.

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We worked with Stove Depot and Chimney Works to put in an electric fireplace in a Parade of Home for our company, Dahl Built Homes.  They had great service, communication and provide an excellent product.  We highly recommend them!

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