Do You Know When Your Chimney Was Last Inspected?

Discovering problems with your chimney system doesn’t have to be an unpleasant and expensive surprise. But unfortunately, for many homeowners, problems go largely undetected until they’ve progressed into much larger issues with much larger repair needs. The team of experienced professionals here at Chimney Concepts is here to help you detect problems and issues early by providing thorough chimney inspection services.

Annual inspections aren’t just recommended by those of us here at Chimney Concepts – they’re also recommended by the industry-leading safety experts at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Both associations state that all chimneys should be inspected every year, regardless of whether they are used or not. Have you scheduled your inspection this year?

The 3 Levels Of Inspection & When They’re Needed

There are 3 levels of inspections, and here at Chimney Concepts, we’re qualified to perform them all. Here’s what each level looks like:

  • Level 1 – Level 1 inspections are considered standard, and involve looking at each easily accessible part of the chimney system and attached appliance. If everything is working like normal and you haven’t noticed any problems or made any changes, a Level 1 inspection should suffice.
  • Level 2 – Level 2 inspections are performed with the help of a camera, which allows us to get a better look at the entire length of the chimney flue. We’ll check the overall structure and all parts that can be accessed without any sort of demolition, and make sure that the appliance is properly connected. Level 2 inspections should be performed when you’ve noticed changes in system efficiency or operation, when the home is being sold, after a fire or severe weather event, and anytime you are changing fuels, appliances, or flue liners.
  • Level 3 – Level 3 inspections are not your typical inspections. These may involve the removal of parts of the chimney system and home and are typically only performed when an issue cannot be identified or resolved with a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection.

Every year, you trust your chimney and fireplace, insert, or stove to keep you warm and to work efficiently and safely – but are you doing your part? Scheduling an annual inspection is the best way to ensure that your system is clean, flaw-free, and ready to go at the first sign of cooler weather. Schedule your inspection today by calling 262-377-5811 – you can also request an appointment here!


As part of our complete chimney and fireplace services, we provide major or minor chimney repairs to be sure your system is safe to operate year after year.