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The coldest months of the year occur just before spring, in February. You’ve likely been using your fireplace consistently for several months, but it is still important to have it inspected so that it’s safe and efficient for the rest of burn season. Scheduling an inspection now means you won’t need another one until next winter. You won’t have to worry about it when spring arrives. If there is a problem that will allow animals or water into your chimney, a professional will catch it during this inspection. Don’t wait. The safest and most efficient chimney systems are those that are swept and inspected regularly.

CSIA Inspections

There is a reason CSIA inspections make chimneys safer. This system of diagnostics and assessment “leaves no stone unturned”. There are three levels of inspection so that time and money aren’t wasted unnecessarily, and a professional at Northwest Fireplace and Chimney can help you determine which one you need. It may be that you are experiencing a problem with the chimney, or it may be that your Realtor requires it, but your chimney inspection will be exactly what you need and with a report for your records.

Level One – A level one inspection is required annually when nothing has changed about your chimney system. It covers all the readily accessible portions of the chimney and assesses the general soundness of the chimney structure, interior and exterior, and the connection of appliance and chimney.

Level Two – This more thorough inspection is required when the chimney has underwent changes, installations, repairs, or natural occurrences that can damage the chimney. It’s also required when property is sold or transferred and assess all accessible portions of the system, including portions in crawlspaces, attic, and basement. A level two inspection also includes a video scan of the flue’s interior.

Level Three – When a hazard is detected, a level three inspection is scheduled. It includes all that in a level and and two inspection, as well as removal of certain components of the building or chimney. Your technicians may remove the crown, portions of walls, and parts of the masonry to gain access to the hazard during this inspection.

If you’re using your fireplace this winter, and it hasn’t been inspected in the last 12 months, discontinue use right away and schedule an inspection. At Northwest Fireplace and Chimney, our technicians are trained and experienced in detecting problems big or small. The best part about following the model prescribed by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is that your chimney inspection is only as thorough as necessary. We’re not interested in wasting your money or our time with unnecessary work.

If you reside in Porter, LaPorte, or Lake County, schedule your inspection with Northwest Fireplace and Chimney, and we can help bring your chimney into safe function and efficiency. Don’t chance safety. Schedule regular maintenance so that you’re safe and warm this winter.