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Unsafe fireplaces & chimneys
cause injuries and death, and account for over $117 million in property losses annually. On average, 26,000 homes in the U.S. are damaged or destroyed by chimney related fires each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of these fires are preventable.

Fireplace and Chimney inspection by a certified F.I.R.E. Inspector can identify problems and their causes before they lead to further damage and destruction.
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  • Code 211 of NFPA (Nation Fire Protection Association) recommends annual inspection of all chimneys, fireplaces, and vents.
  • An inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property
Our Certified Inspectors provide detailed inspection of all fireplaces, inserts, gas-burning appliances, chimneys, vent systems, stoves and other associated components in compliance with NFPA 211 guidelines. Our inspections are conducted based on a three (3) level system of inspection developed under NFPA 211.

  Level 1 inspection, shall be conducted:

  • During annual inspections. Chimneys, fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year in accordance with these standards.
  • During routine cleaning of a flue or flues within the chimney.
  • At the time of replacement of one or more connected appliances with an equal number of appliances or similar type, input rating, and efficiency.
Level 1 Scope and Access Required:
Level I inspections shall include examination of readily accessible portions of the fireplaces & chimney and accessible portions of the connected appliance and chimney connection.

Level 2 inspection, shall be conducted:

  • Upon addition or removal of one of more connected appliances or upon replacement of an appliance with one or more dissimilar type, input rating, or efficiency, unless the last connected appliance is removed and the chimney use will be discontinued.
  • Prior to relining of a flue or replacement of a flue lining system.
  • Upon sale or transfer of property.
  • After a building or chimney fire, weather or seismic event, or other incident likely to have caused damage to the chimney.
Level 2 Scope and Access Required:
Level II inspections shall include all accessible portions of the fireplace and chimney exterior and interior, including accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements. These inspections shall include all accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection, all areas covered in a Level I inspection, all areas of the fireplaces & chimney and its surroundings that can be accessed without the removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the fireplace, chimney or building structure, all chimney flues and the internal surfaces of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney, and verification of proper clearances, proper use of material, flue sizing and much more. Video scanning equipment or other means shall be used as necessary to observe these areas. 

Level 3 inspection, shall be conducted:

  • Only for those areas suspected of malfunction or damage that cannot be fully evaluated by a Level I or Level II inspection.
  • The Level III inspection should be performed at concealed locations where there is suspect of malfunction, damage or a hazardous condition. This access will be by removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the fireplace, chimney or building structure, as necessary to determine compliance with this standard. 
Level 3 Scope and Access Required:
A Level III inspection shall include examination of concealed areas of the fireplace & chimney suspected of damage or malfunction as well as the examination of all areas required within a level I and Level II inspection.

Our company provides Certified Fireplace and Chimney Inspectors (CFCI).


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