Chimney Inspections & Certifications

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According to NFPA 211 and IRC code all chimneys must be properly lined. This liner is usually fireclay brick (terra cotta) or metal (aluminum or stainless steel.)

We are certified to provide chimney certifications in Warminster township, Conshohocken Borough, Norristown Borough, Bensalem and more. Call to ask if we provide chimney certifications in your neighborhood. It may be required for a U&O to be issued in your neighborhood.

All inspections and certifications are subject to codes and standards set by National Fire Protection Agency code book 211.

For service please call 610-909-5585 or contact us today to schedule your chimney cleaning.

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Chimneys with no liner or "open chase" chimneys must have a metal or cast in place liner installed to safely vent modern appliances or fireplaces. This is usually not found in any house under 70 years old.

In some cases, when the flue liner is degraded beyond the point of repair or their is no flue liner, it is recommended that a new stainless steel liner is installed. It is important that this liner is installed properly in order to assure its longevity.

Masonry Flue Liners

Notice the cavity between the terra cotta and the brick construction. Holes and cracks in this liner and the mortar joints connecting each block can cause this cavity to fill with combustion gases. These gases may then seep into the house through many holes and pores found in the brick construction. Sulfuric acid and water created from burning oil and/or gas may cause a great deal of damage to exposed building materials overtime.

It is common to discover that due to age, expansion and contraction, freeze-thaw and use terra cotta tiles are missing mortar joints and experiencing further degradation. These liners need to be repaired or replaced in order to meed NFPA 211 and IRC code.

Commonly, the suggested solution to the problem of missing mortar joints and cracked tiles is to insert a new stainless steel or aluminum liner. We offer the option to repair the flue liner using resurfacing. resurfacing on fireplace flues as well as heater flues saves $$$ and guarantees safe use.

Chimneys with no liner or "open chase" chimneys must have a metal or cast in place liner installed to safely vent modern appliances or fireplaces. This is usually not found in any house under 70 years old.

In some cases, when the flue liner is degraded beyond the point of repair or their is no flue liner, it is recommended that a new stainless steel liner is installed. It is important that this liner is installed properly in order to assure its longevity.

Fireplace inspections entail the same criteria as a heater chimney inspection. Additionally, the area above the firebox called the smoke chamber must be smooth coated with high temperature mortar and all required clearances from combustibles must be met in order for our company to certify the fireplace and its flue safe for use.

Inspection Levels

Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level as defined by the NFPA 211:

Level One

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.

Level Two

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. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 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. 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.

Level Three

A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system. Inspection Definitions

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 covering.

More information at http://www.csia.org/