When you buy a home, you might think that the home inspector’s report is all that you need to be certain that there are no existing problems with the house. However, if the home has a chimney and fireplace system, you will need to schedule a Level 2 real estate chimney inspection. These must be performed by a professional chimney company to make sure there are no dangerous hazards. For 17 years, Champs Chimney Service has provided all three levels of chimney inspections to residents of the Albany area. We would like to tell you more about this professional chimney maintenance service and why it is so important.
Several decades ago, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed three specific levels of chimney inspections. They give industry professionals a clear point of reference during inspections. A Level 1 chimney inspection is the most basic and a Level 3 is the most thorough. A Level 2 is recommended when you have made any changes to your fireplace appliance or chimney if an external event (lightning strike, for example) has affected your chimney, and when you are buying or selling a home. This is because this level includes a thorough video inspection. If any damage or other problems are found, you will receive photographs of the issue that you can use on a home insurance claim or in a real estate contract.
During inspections, we look for anything that may cause your chimney to not work safely and efficiently. We begin our Level 2 real estate inspections by snaking a camera system up or down the flue. This provides an up-close look at the interior of your chimney. We will easily be able to see if a chimney fire has occurred if birds or animals are nesting in the flue if there is a large amount of creosote buildup, if there are cracks or gaps in the liner, and if there is an active water leak. If we do find any concerns, we will provide you with a written explanation and photographs of the problem. We will also give you a fair and honest written estimate of the necessary repairs.
Looking to buy or sell a home in the near future? Contact us today at Champs Chimney Service to schedule an appointment for a Level 2 real estate chimney inspection! Call 518-307-7370 now!