Chimney Inspection in Charlotte NC
Owner-Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney is your local provider for professional chimney inspections, cleaning, repairs, and new fireplaces, inserts, and stove sales in Mooresville, NC, and communities throughout Greater Charlotte. You may see our modern black and white vehicles in the neighborhood, keeping your neighbor’s chimneys, fireplaces, and stoves clean or performing new installations.
Fire prevention is the primary responsibility of a professional chimney sweep®. And fire prevention begins with a chimney inspection. So, whether you have a gas or wood-burning heating appliance, an annual chimney inspection is essential to ensure your fireplace, insert, or stove is safe to operate. At Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte, our chimney sweeps are trained experts in all three chimney inspection levels under the guidelines established by the National Fire Protection Association.
Level 1 inspection:
An essential yearly visual examination of the accessible portions of the entire chimney system, vents, and attached heating appliances.
Level 2 inspection:
An intermediate visual inspection includes a video scan for detecting cracks in the flue surface that may go unnoticed by an unaided eye. It is also required before the sale or transfer of real property. We recommend including a video flue scan every two years so minor repairs can be made before the problem grows into a more extensive and costlier repair.
Level 3 inspection:
An advanced review is typically ordered when a problem is detected during a level 1 or 2 examination that requires the removal or demolition of components to reach an inaccessible area to locate the source of the problem, like a water leak, for example.
What else can our chimney sweep do for you?
- Professional chimney cleaning services
- Live animal removal
- Clear flue obstructions
- Flue relining
- Chimney repairs and rebuilding
- Sell and install new fireplaces, inserts, and stoves
- Provide safety tips for safely using your wood-burning or gas-heating appliance
The primary function of a chimney liner is to contain the heat and flames inside the flue so it doesn’t ignite nearby combustible materials like the attic, wood chase, roof deck, etc. We often see old terra cotta or clay liners with severe cracking and missing tiles. Sometimes, we even see scorch marks indicating a previous chimney fire. It is even more dangerous when the liner has
creosote buildup. According to the CSIA, a layer of 1/8″ or more creosote is dangerous and should be removed. It also increases the risk of a house fire and poisonous carbon monoxide gas exposure. That’s why Felgemacher, national fire safety experts, and Mecklenburg County fire officials strongly encourage annual chimney inspections. When a chimney liner is damaged beyond repair, we usually recommend installing a stainless-steel liner for increased energy efficiency and long-lasting durability.
Chimney Rebuilding & Masonry
While your chimney may look like it’s in good condition, it may tell a different story when you get up close. For example, have you noticed a white stain on your chimney’s exterior? It’s called efflorescence, and it often begins to appear in the spring. It is also the first sign that moisture is getting inside the brick-and-mortar. Other stains, such as black or rust, indicate other issues. So, whenever you see stains on the chimney, call us to schedule an inspection. Our talented masons and chimney technicians perform any masonry repair your chimney needs. We also do partial and complete chimney rebuilding.
During a routine chimney inspection, the chimney sweep may recommend repairs. Making timely repairs is key to fire prevention and prolonging the lifespan of your chimney, fireplace, or heating stove.
Chimney repairs we perform in the Charlotte NC area include tuckpointing, chimney cap replacement, chimney crown rebuilding, and fireplace damper replacement.
New Fireplaces, Inserts, and Stoves – Sales & Installation
Is your fireplace drafty? Are you tired of high heating bills? We have an outstanding selection of top-performing fireplaces, inserts, and stoves for sale and installation in the Greater Charlotte NC-SC area.
Our chimney professionals will help you select the perfect appliance for your home heating needs and budget.
Chimney & Fireplace Service Near Me
Homeowners in Matthews, NC, Lincolnton, NC, Kings Mountain, NC, Mecklenburg County, and surrounding Metrolina communities know they can rely on experienced and knowledgeable Chimney Sweeps of Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte. When you need professional chimney inspections, cleanings, repairs, sales, or installation of new heating appliances, contact us today at 704-741-2021 to schedule an appointment with a chimney professional.