Chimney Inspection

Why Should I Get My Chimney Inspected?

At ProTec, we provide an advanced level 2 chimney inspection as an additional service, surpassing the limitations of standard home inspections. Our process involves utilizing a specialized inspection camera to thoroughly examine the interior of the fireplace and chimney, specifically targeting concealed damage to the flue liner. This comprehensive inspection extends beyond the interior, encompassing a thorough examination of the exterior and accessible areas in the attic. By offering a heightened level of scrutiny, our level 2 chimney inspections ensure a comprehensive assessment of both visible and concealed elements, promoting a thorough understanding of the chimney’s condition and safety.

Common Chimney Defects

Defective Cap

A faulty chimney cap poses a substantial risk by permitting water, debris, and wildlife entry into the chimney, heightening the potential for structural damage, blockages, and increased fire hazards.

Missing Mortar

A chimney with missing mortar at joints or cracked tiles in the flue liner fails to meet safety standards, rendering it unsafe for use. Such defects compromise the chimney's ability to properly vent smoke and gases

Brick Problems

Small gaps in a chimney can facilitate the transfer of heat from the flue liner to the bricks and, subsequently, to the wooden structure. This process occurs gradually over time, causing a significant drop in the wood's ignition point.

 Addressing this issue promptly is crucial to maintaining proper ventilation, preventing structural damage, and ensuring the safety and efficiency of the entire chimney system.

Schedule a Chimney Inspection

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Schedule

If you’re ready to schedule your inspection with ProTec, use our online scheduler to confirm.

Report

After the inspection, you will receive a detailed report on your property from the inspector.

What Happens If A Chimney Does Not Pass Inspection?

When a fireplace does not meet the standards outlined in a level 2 inspection, it signals that the current condition renders it unsuitable for use. While immediate repairs are not obligatory, individuals seeking a fully operational fireplace may explore alternative solutions. Installing a gas fireplace insert is a prudent choice in such cases, as it not only ensures functionality but also adds heat to the home rather than extracting it, a marked advantage over traditional wood-burning fireplaces.

For those who value the charm of a wood-burning fireplace and are committed to maintaining its functionality, the recommended course of action is to address the issues identified during the inspection. Typically, this involves re-lining the chimney to align with safety standards. Our professional inspection services cater to the needs of new homeowners and realtors, providing comprehensive assessments that empower informed decision-making about the condition and potential improvements of their fireplaces.

When a fireplace does not meet the standards outlined in a level 2 inspection, it signals that the current condition renders it unsuitable for use. While immediate repairs are not obligatory, individuals seeking a fully operational fireplace may explore alternative solutions. Installing a gas fireplace insert is a prudent choice in such cases, as it not only ensures functionality but also adds heat to the home rather than extracting it, a marked advantage over traditional wood-burning fireplaces.

For those who value the charm of a wood-burning fireplace and are committed to maintaining its functionality, the recommended course of action is to address the issues identified during the inspection. Typically, this involves re-lining the chimney to align with safety standards. Our professional inspection services cater to the needs of new homeowners and realtors, providing comprehensive assessments that empower informed decision-making about the condition and potential improvements of their fireplaces.

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