We’ve been recommending level 2 chimney inspections on wood-burning masonry fireplaces for several years, and we’re proud to now offer this service as an add-on to our home inspections. A level 2 chimney inspection is conducted by running a specialized inspection camera through the interior of the fireplace and chimney to inspect for concealed damage to the flue liner, as well as the inspection of the exterior of the chimney. This type of inspection is recommended by NFPA 211 any time there is a sale or transfer of a property, largely because a large percentage of fireplaces have problems that could lead to a chimney fire.
For more information about different types of chimney inspections, please visit http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/chimney_inspections.aspx
Chimney Expert: Patrick Brennan
Our very own Patrick Brennan is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) as a Certified Chimney Sweep, which is a designation that we have advocated for chimney inspections and repairs for many years.
Our chimney inspection includes a written report along with photos. Chimney inspections are not considered to be invasive inspections, and no special permission is needed from sellers to include this type of inspection in conjunction with a home inspection.