Chimney safety experts and industry professionals recommend annual sweeps and inspections for Nashville chimneys. Regular inspection ensures that your chimney and fireplace are in safe and working order. Please do not neglect these measures. Inspections prevent catastrophic residential fires and the resulting property loss, injuries and deaths. For this reason, Chimney & Masonry Outfitters fervently promotes inspection, prevention and safety.
What kinds of inspections are there?
There are three different levels of inspection designated by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Our Outfitters will determine the appropriate level of inspection upon arrival.
Level 1 is for chimneys not suspected to have any damage. This inspection covers the easily accessible areas of the chimney without the use of tools.
Level 2 is for malfunctioning chimneys with suspected damage or chimneys in newly purchased homes. The Outfitter will perform a video inspection to identify any deterioration.
Level 3 is the most extensive. In this inspection, an Outfitter may need to cut drywall or make alterations to access hidden areas.
What is the Outfitter looking for?
All levels of interior and exterior inspection will look for:
- Loose or spalling bricks
- Missing or deteriorated mortar
- Cracks in the concrete crown
- Rusted chase covers
- Nests or animals in the chimney
- Water intrusion
- Creosote buildup
- Structural soundness and functionality
After the inspection, our Outfitter will provide you with an in-depth report, talk you through that report and advise an appropriate course of action based on his or her findings.
Don’t deprive yourself of peace of mind any longer. Schedule a CMO inspection for your Nashville home today.