According to NFPA 211 (National Fire Protection Agency Standards), a Level II Inspection should be performed on a chimney in the event of real estate transfer or sale. This is a different procedure than the Home Inspection that should be performed when a buyer has found his/her dream house. Areas of the chimney that cannot be viewed from the ground or from the top (without special equipment) should be inspected by an experienced and Certified Sweep. Chimney Chasers works with local, professional Home Inspectors whose clients receive the most thorough information in order to make such an important decision.
Some older homes have chimneys with no liner at all…don’t use it! Restoration of defunct chimneys in historic homes is another reason to hire a Certified professional…and Chimney Chasers has many referrals in this area.
Factory built fireplaces in most newer homes may eventually need to have “back walls” or “side walls” replaced. These cement walls (resembling bricks) are a first line of defense in containing the fire. Extreme heat and years of use can cause cracks and – eventually – holes. The panels should be replaced to further maintain the integrity of the unit. Chimney Chasers can cut one of these panels on-site to fit your fireplace.
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