Quality Chimney Inspections
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), your chimney should be inspected once a year and cleaned as needed (depending on the design of the chimney and depending on usage—including the amount of wood burned). Having your chimney regularly inspected helps to make sure that you’re alerted to any potential problems before they become dangerous or costly.
What You Can Expect When A Lords Chimney Technician Inspects Your Chimney:
All of our chimney inspectors will be in full uniform and present you with a business card and photo ID. Protective footwear will be worn to protect your flooring. The technician will then do each of the following:
1. Conduct a visual inspection of the inside portion of your fireplace.
2. Go up on your roof and do a visual inspection of the portion of your chimney above the roof.
3. Put down protective floor coverings in front of your fireplace.
4. Inspect your chimney using video scanning equipment that displays pictures of your flue on an LCD screen. These images are used to determine if cracks or voids exist and if a cleaning is needed.
5. If needed, sweep the firebox, damper, smoke shelf, smoke chamber, flue, and gas logs (if appropriate).
6. Provide a written report describing the condition of the chimney and show you pictures of any potential problems discovered in the system.
7. Clean up all work areas.
No work is ever done without customer authorization after an estimate of the cost. Our customers are encouraged to ask questions; we want you to understand the process and the result. For more information on what to expect when we inspect your chimney, view the video below.
A Thorough Chimney Inspection Includes A Visual Inspection Of The:
- Masonry (bricks and mortar)
- Smoke chamber
- Hearth Protection
- Firebox (the area where wood is burned)
- Flue (the inside of the chimney)
The 3 Levels of Inspection
Level One Inspection
Based on a visual inspection, our chimney professional will give you a written condition report. We inspect the readily-accessible areas of your chimney in the living area and at the exterior of your home, including the firebox, damper, and smoke chamber. Outside, we check to make sure the chimney cap meets code and does not restrict the draft. We also check for structural soundness and evidence of deterioration.
Level Two Inspection
It is recommended that this inspection be done before beginning modifications to your chimney or stove heating system, during a change in property ownership, or after a chimney fire or natural disaster. We use a special camera system to look inside your chimney and complete a comprehensive visual inspection. A detailed written report then outlines any areas of concern.
Level Three Inspection
A Level Three inspection includes all the items in a Level One and Level Two inspection, as well as the removal of portions of the chimney. A chimney has several concealed areas. Whether it is the internal metal flue pipe, or the unexposed brick of a masonry structure, sometimes it may be necessary to remove parts of your chimney to inspect the area in question. This inspection is only needed if something is found in a Level One or Two Inspection that cannot otherwise be properly evaluated or addressed. Less than one percent of the chimneys we encounter require a Level Three Inspection.
Live in the greater Houston area? If your problem has anything to do with a chimney, give us a call. You can reach Lords Chimney at 281-497-4000, or use our appointment request form.
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.