Friendly, Affordable Service
No matter the chimney services you need, A Cleaner Chimney will be there to offer friendly service at a reasonable price to keep you safe. Explore our full range of chimney services below and schedule an appointment for your property. Our family-owned and -operated company provides service to residential and commercial clients throughout Greensboro, NC; High Point, NC; Kernersville, NC; and Winston-Salem, NC.
Thorough Chimney Inspections
Annual chimney inspections can stop fires and carbon monoxide poisoning cases from happening. At A Cleaner Chimney, we will bring any potential issues to your attention. Waiting to make needed smaller repairs will most likely result in larger, more expensive repairs down the road. Also, wear and tear that builds up in your chimney can decrease its performance.
It is a bad thing to have birds nesting in your chimney, as this blocks it and causes fires, smoke, and carbon monoxide poisoning. We have vast experience with inspections for real estate transactions, and we serve our local real estate agents in assisting them with a smooth transaction and communication between the agent and buyer and/or seller client. We invite you to call us and schedule the chimney inspection at the time the offer to purchase is confirmed.
Before you begin to think of starting up a fire or your furnace when the weather changes, contact a professional chimney sweeping service to set up an inspection and ensure safety for your house and those in it. We offer three inspection levels to give you a personalized inspection that meets your needs.
Levels of Inspection:
Level 1 is your basic level of inspection; we only perform a level 1 if NO changes have been made to the system, i.e. fuel type has remained the same (no conversion has taken place, like gas to wood, wood to gas, etc.), if no chimney fires have taken place, and no damage has occurred from weather.
Information from the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) on Level 1 and 2 Inspections:
If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.
In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior, and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating, or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted.
There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.
When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible* portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces, and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
Basically, a Level 2 is REQUIRED for all real estate transactions, anytime a change has taken place within the system, or when damage has occurred. We do not really need to go into a Level 3 as we do not often do those. Those include taking out walls, etc to look at the internals of the chimney if you cannot determine the cause of a problem from a level 1 or 2 inspection.
* Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.
** Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.
Effective Chimney Sweeping
Routine chimney sweeping should be done by a professional to keep deposits of creosote and other debris from building up in your chimney. Buildup can lead to corrosion and flue blockages, leading to a release of toxic fumes. Creosote is also very flammable, so a fire in the chimney could also happen, some of which can exceed 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, causing damage to your entire home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, faulty heating equipment was the second-leading cause of home fires and related deaths for fires occurring between 2005 and 2009. During that same time period, it was the leading cause of death resulting from fires in one- or two-family dwellings.
Please be sure to have your chimney swept regularly by a professional company such as A Cleaner Chimney to prevent your home and family from any such scenarios.