At first glance, your chimney may appear in good working condition. However, deep inside the flue, creosote buildup, moisture intrusion, liner cracks, and issues with attached heating appliances can slowly develop into health and safety hazards. In addition, it can negatively impact the chimney’s stability, leading to more extensive repairs or even a partial or chimney replacement.
An annual chimney inspection, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is the only way to ensure your chimney and fireplace are safe for use. The chimney professionals at Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte serve customers in Albemarle, NC, Denver, NC, Monroe, NC, Mecklenburg County, and surrounding Metrolina communities.
Why Should I Get a Chimney Inspection?
Without an annual certified chimney inspection, masonry cracks, storm damage, and chimney leaks increase the risk of fire and exposure to toxic carbon monoxide fumes.
A visual examination also allows our Professional Chimney Sweep to detect and fix minor problems before they escalate into more extensive repairs.
The Three Types of Chimney Inspections
Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney is CSIA-certified to perform all three chimney inspection levels per NFPA industry standard guidelines:
This is the standard inspection for most NC/SC homeowners with annual inspections and cleanings. It includes a complete visual interior/exterior assessment of the accessible areas of the chimney system, including vents and attached heating appliances.
A level 2 inspection is necessary when a homeowner has missed an annual inspection, modified or installed a new heating appliance, or changed the fuel source. It is also required during the sale or transfer of property (real estate chimney inspection). A level 2 inspection includes a video scan of the interior walls and flue liner to detect the presence of any cracks or abnormalities that can pose a fire, or health, risk.
When a level 1 or level 2 inspection reveals the potential of a severe issue in an inaccessible area, a level 3 inspection is required. It may require the removal or demolition of a masonry wall, chimney crown, or other components to locate and repair the source of the issue.
Benefits of An Annual Chimney Inspection
An annual chimney inspection will reduce health and safety risks, minimize repairs, and prolong the lifespan of your chimney, fireplace, and other attached heating appliances.
- Clear obstructions can cause harmful carbon monoxide gas to leak into the home.
- Ensures your flue liner keeps the heat and flames inside the flue where it belongs.
- Recommend chimney repairs to protect your home and chimney.
- Can spot “hidden” water leaks that are damaging brickwork.
- Determines whether chimney cleaning is necessary
Chimney Inspections Near Me
Protect your chimney and keep your family safe with a chimney inspection. Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney is Metrolina’s best source for chimney inspections, cleanings, and repairs. Our certified chimney professionals serve the Greater Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area, including Newton, NC, Rock Hill, SC, and Lincolnton, NC.
If it is time for your chimneys annual inspection please give us a call today!
Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte
10806 Reames Rd.Charlotte, NC 28269