Are you currently trying to purchase a new home? If so, you may be beginning to realize that the home buying process is a stressful one. There are a lot of things that need to be considered before buying a new home. One of the most important things to consider is the home’s structural integrity and safety concerns. Sometimes a house may look like it is in good condition, but it can be hard to determine without a closer look from someone who knows what to look for.

At The Chimney Guy, we provide pre-purchasing home chimney inspections. Chimney inspections are important for a couple of reasons. First, you want to make sure your chimney will work well when you want to use it. Secondly, you need to know if your chimney is safe to use. If you purchase a home with a clogged or structurally compromised chimney, you could risk a chimney fire.

Why is chimney inspection important?man inspecting brick

Often when purchasing a home, the health of the chimney is often overlooked. However, if there are unknown issues related to a home’s chimney, you could be putting yourself in a hazardous and expensive situation. In fact, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211: Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances requires that a level 2 inspection be performed on a home’s chimney, fireplace, and ventilation system before any property is transferred. This standard has been put in place to protect potential home buyers from purchasing a home with an unsafe home.

Level 2 Inspections

Did you know that there are three levels of chimney inspections that we offer here at The Chimney Guy? Level 1 inspections are the standard inspection that we perform if there have been no changes to your chimney system. Level 3 inspections are very thorough and are done only if we have to deconstruct part of your chimney. A level 2 inspection is similar to a level 1 inspection but more thorough.

In addition to checking the chimney and fireplace for clogs, cleanliness, and masonry condition, a level 2 inspection requires that we take a closer look at the inside of your chimney by using a video scanner to look for any cracks, chips, crumbling, or any other issues that may be present inside your chimney. During a level 2 inspection, we also inspect all of the other accessible parts of your chimney. We also check other ventilation systems running out of your home!

Do not buy a new home without knowing the condition of the chimney system! Our trained, Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technicians can help you gain peace of mind knowing that your new home’s chimney and fireplace are safe for you and your family. Get your potential new home inspected today by calling The Chimney Guy at 920-830-1920, or scheduling an appointment online to have one of our chimney experts inspect your chimney today!