Chimney Inspections/Sweeps

Did you know that the leading cause of damage to a chimney is not from chimney fires, but from water damage? Our in depth inspections will save you thousands of dollars in chimney repairs if the issues are caught early on. Not only can our inspections save you money in the long run, they help keep you and your family safe.

“I never use my fireplace, so I don’t need a sweep or inspection.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 211, every chimney and venting system should be inspected yearly, regardless of whether or not it’s used regularly. If you do use your chimney each year, flammable and corrosive creosote and soot can build up inside of the flue and need to be removed. If you don’t use your chimney each year, it still needs to be checked for structural integrity, due to the long and brutal winters we have here in Minnesota, and exposure to the elements year round. But different chimneys call for different inspections.

Here at Grand Designs Masonry, Chimney, and Fireplace, we know that inspections are an essential part of chimney maintenance and home safety, which is why we provide all three levels of inspections, as defined by the NFPA. Here’s what you need to know about each:

Level I — Level I inspections provide a basic look at the chimney, from top to bottom. During a level I, we’ll look for any creosote buildup, flue blockages, or other noticeable issues that could be a problem. These inspections are typically recommended for homeowners who have kept up with annual chimney maintenance and are included as part of our loyalty program.

Level II — Level II inspections are more in-depth, and include a video scan of the entire interior of the chimney flue, as well as a closer look at the chimney structure itself. We’ll check the chimney cap, the crown, the flashing, the masonry of the chimney, the flue liner, the damper, the appliance connection, the smoke chamber, and the firebox for cracks, leaks, damage, and other issues. These inspections are recommended before installing a new liner or new appliance, and when you’ve noticed a change in performance.

Level III — Level III inspections are total evaluations of the chimney, inside and out, including the areas in the attic or basement. These inspections can include some demolition work or removal of nearby walls or other areas, which is why they are primarily performed when a lightning strike, chimney fire, or other sudden occurrence has possibly affected the chimney and there’s no other way of evaluating the damage.

Whether you need a level I, a level II, or a level III chimney inspection, you can count on our trusted technicians to do it right. We’ll even provide you with a detailed report, including any pictures, measurements, or recommendations for your records.

Do You Need A Real Estate Inspection For Your Chimney?

When it comes to moving, the fewer “surprises” the better — that’s why you schedule a home inspection before purchasing a new home. But did you know that home inspectors don’t give the chimney an in-depth inspection?

Save yourself the headache and protect yourself against “surprise” issues and expenses with your fireplace and chimney by scheduling a real estate inspection with Grand Designs Masonry, Chimney, and Fireplace, before purchasing your next home. We’ll perform a full level II inspection and provide you with a written report, including measurements and photos, for your records.

A real estate inspection will bring you confidence and peace of mind with your purchase. And with our thorough and detailed reports, you’ll have everything you need to negotiate your home price (if damage is present), as well as everything you might need for insurance purposes.

Grand Designs Masonry, Chimney & Fireplace

Call today to schedule your chimney inspection.