A chimney inspection involves peeling back many layers of investigation, almost like peeling an onion. Just as each layer of onion is a leaf that helps feed the plant, each part of the chimney investigation peels back another layer, revealing transitions and potential defects. Just as every onion is unique with its number of layers and thickness, each chimney is unique and differs depending on many factors such as type, fuel, usage, construction, etc. If you could build your inspection, where would you start?
The first consideration we could start with is the type of chimney we will inspect. Does it fall within one of the following categories?
Peel another layer back and look at more specifics:
The next layer could be appliance specifics such as:
Depending on how far down you want to peel the onion, we have modules available to peel right down to the core. What you find within the first couple of layers usually determines how far you need to go with each layer, peeling back more evidence regarding fireplace and appliance use and how the products of combustion reacted as they entered and passed through the chimney.
Whatever your desire in an inspection process for documentation, we can create it. Whether it is a Level 1, 2, or 3, we promise your eyes won’t water when you see the cost.
Tom Urban has worked in the Chimney and Hearth industry for 40 years. He's been an inventor and manufacturer for 35+ of those years.