Chimney Inspections in South Jersey

Breakdowns in chimney systems are not always apparent, and some homeowners make the mistake of thinking an unused fireplace is free of any problems. However, our chimney inspections allow us to assess the state of your chimney and make informed repair recommendations.

For over 60 years, we at Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep and Masonry have been servicing homes throughout southern New Jersey. We’ve seen firsthand devastating chimney fires that could have been prevented with frequent inspections. No matter if you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, getting your chimney inspected regularly can improve air flow, reduce creosote buildup, and most importantly protect your family.

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to schedule your next chimney inspection so you can sit back and relax in front of the fireplace without worrying about potential dangers.

Why Do I Need Chimney Inspections?

Chimney inspections are imperative for the safety and efficiency of your entire system. Here are a few additional considerations that speak to inspections’ importance:

  • The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommend annual inspections.
  • Your homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover future damage if you neglect regular inspections.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, a chimney inspection is required before the sale or transfer of property.

What Does a Chimney Inspection Cover?

As you now know, regular inspections are your best bet at preventing a chimney fire from occurring in your home. But how? Well, there are many components that make up a chimney system. The chimney liner, chimney cap, chimney crown, flue opening, and other intricate mechanisms work together to let smoke safely escape when you’re enjoying a nice, roaring fire. A chimney inspector’s job is to ensure all of these parts are clean and performing properly. However, not all inspections are created equal. There are different levels, each with its own unique purpose. The following are levels of chimney inspection as outlined by the NFPA:

  • Level One Chimney Inspection: This level inspection is for when your chimney performance hasn’t noticeably changed, yet you’re looking to be assured of the continued safe use of your chimney and fireplace. A technician will examine the readily accessible interior and exterior components of your chimney and chimney connection. Level 1 inspections are best scheduled at the same time as a chimney cleaning.
  • Level Two Chimney Inspection: In addition to everything addressed in Level 1, a Level 2 chimney inspection involves an in-depth assessment of your entire chimney system. This includes looking at internal joints and surfaces and using a specialized camera for flue and chimney inspection.
  • Level Three Chimney Inspection: These inspections involve everything included in the previous two levels yet incorporate a full investigation of potential deterioration in areas not so easily accessible. This may consist of removing components of the heating system like bricks, metal flue pipes, masonry, and more. This level is only required when the previous two reveal a severe problem that requires immediate attention.

Frequency of Chimney Inspections

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homes with a fireplace, chimney, venting system, or stove should undergo an annual chimney inspection, regardless of how frequently the fireplace is used. This yearly check-up helps identify any changes or damages that could compromise the safety and functionality of your chimney.

Post-Inspection Chimney Care Solutions

Following a comprehensive evaluation by our certified chimney inspectors, Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep and Masonry offers tailored solutions based on the findings. If the inspection reveals creosote buildup—a common cause of chimney fires—we provide thorough chimney sweeping services to remove these flammable deposits. In cases where the inspection uncovers issues such as cracks or leaks, we discuss repair or replacement options that suit your needs and budget. Our goal is to ensure your chimney functions safely and effectively, protecting your home and loved ones from potential hazards.

Tips for a Tip-Top Chimney

Maintaining your chimney’s condition between inspections is crucial for ensuring its longevity and safety. One essential tip is to use seasoned wood when burning fires. Green or moist wood can lead to excessive creosote buildup, increasing the risk of chimney fires. It’s also wise to install a quality chimney cap to keep out rain, snow, animals, and debris. Regularly checking for signs of wear or damage and addressing them early on can prevent minor issues from turning into extensive repairs. By following these simple maintenance tips, you contribute to the overall health of your chimney system.

Schedule a Chimney Inspection Today

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there’s a fireplace, there’s Davis Brothers. Keeping your chimney inspected and maintained is not just a matter of efficiency; it’s a matter of safety. At Davis Brothers Chimney Sweep and Masonry, we’re committed to providing New Jersey homeowners with top-notch chimney care.

Along with free estimates, we offer over 60 years’ worth of chimney expertise to homeowners in Atlantic County, Burlington County (including Morristown, Cinnaminson, and Delran), and throughout South Jersey! Whether you’re looking to schedule an annual inspection or suspect your chimney may be in need of repair, go with the professionals you can trust. For more information, contact us today.