When you own a home with a chimney, you take on the responsibility of ensuring it works safely and efficiently. Before you light the first fire of the year, it is essential to know if there are issues that could lead to dangerous situations. This includes a chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Since there are hidden hazards, you need a yearly chimney inspection by a certified and trained chimney professional. For the past 17 years, Champs Chimney Service has been inspecting chimneys in the Albany area. We would like to tell you more about our chimney maintenance and why it is so important.
When you schedule an annual chimney sweeping with us, a Level 1 inspection is included. Our certified chimney sweeps will check out the entire interior and exterior of your chimney that is easily accessible. If you are selling or buying a home or making updates to your chimney, you need a Level 2 inspection. This level is also recommended after a chimney fire, a lightning strike, a tornado, or an earthquake. In addition to everything we do in a Level 1 inspection, we also check the attic, basement, and crawl space. We use special video cameras to get an up-close look at the inner chimney to record evidence of damage. According to HouseLogic, a Level 3 is the most serious inspection level because it involves the tearing down and rebuilding of chimney walls. We only recommend this level when it is absolutely necessary to repair a serious problem.
An annual chimney inspection is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This is necessary to make sure no obstructions cause carbon monoxide to enter your home or a devastating fire. Both the interior and exterior of your chimney will also be checked for damage. To be certain your chimney is ready to use this fall, Champs Chimney Service suggests making this appointment with us now to avoid the autumn rush.
Prepare your chimney for the fall by having your chimney professionally inspected now. Contact us today at Champs Chimney Service to schedule your annual chimney maintenance appointment.