Chimney Inspection San Diego
Before, during, and after cleaning (sweeping) your chimney we will perform either a Level 1 or a Level 2 chimney inspection. The chimney inspection is visual with the use of a flash light, mirror or digital hand held camera. We will also provide you with a chimney inspection report and recommendations.
- Fireplace Inspection – Check the condition of the firebox, lintel, and smoke chamber.
- Chimney Inspection – Check for blockages and creosote accumulation. Check condition of exterior masonry and inside the chimney. Check condition of chimney cap or damper, flashing, and crown.
The scope of work performed in the inspection or evaluation of a fireplace, stove or other venting system had previously been left to the discretion of the chimney service technician. On January 13, 2000, the National Fire Protection Association adopted these levels of inspection into code NFPA 211 (Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances) that remove much of that “discretion”. Inspections are now clearly defined as Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 . > more info
The Importance of an Annual Chimney Inspection
In San Diego County many older chimneys are made of bricks and mortar that begin to exhibit cracks due to earthquake activity in our area. If the cracks get large enough then hot gases from your fireplace can get into the walls surrounding the chimney. This situation can lead to a house fire.
A chimney inspection will also reveal whether a chimney is properly designed and working. A poorly designed chimney may be too high and allow carbon monoxide to roll back into the house through the fireplace.
But many homes in San Diego are built with prefab fireplaces and a metal vent pipe (flue) instead of brick. Even these have to be inspected because, these vent pipes are installed in sections. Sometimes these get bent during installation. If that happens then tiny cracks appear between sections. Hot gases may escape into the wood framing and insulation causing a potential fire hazard.