Why You Should Use a Certified Chimney Inspector when Selling Your Home

A home inspection is a normal part of transferring the ownership of a home from one party to another. Part of a home inspection includes the chimney and fireplace. This is a good idea, because small problems with these structures can lead to big problems down the line.

Unfortunately, very few real estate home inspectors are thoroughly trained on the workings of chimneys and fireplaces. They can do a basic “look-over” inspection to ensure than nothing is obviously damaged or broken, but most of them can’t be as meticulous as the job requires. That’s why when you’re buying or selling a home, you need to bring in a certified, professional chimney inspector.

Chimney Inspection Concord, NHCertified real estate chimney inspections

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends three different “levels” of chimney inspection. A Level 2 inspection is geared toward examining the chimney system during the sale of a home.

Level 2 chimney inspections (also referred to as “real estate chimney inspections”) go a further into the process than the basic Level 1 inspection, which should be routinely performed once a year.

Six important areas checked during a real estate chimney inspection include:


  1. Internal damage: Chimney inspectors use video imaging technology to see all the way down into your flue. They can spot signs of damage from a previous chimney fire, cracks or breaks in the chimney liner, masonry issues and more.
  2. Creosote and flue obstructions: Part of the flue inspection will be checking for built-up creosote and debris that hinders smoke drafting. Creosote is highly flammable and is added to the flue each time a wood fire burns. Obstructions such as tree debris and the nests of small animals can cause smoke and deadly carbon monoxide to back up into the home.
  3. Exterior masonry: Inspectors will look closely at the bricks and mortar that make up your chimney. They want to determine if there are any obvious or early signs of structural problems. Chimney masonry can suffer damage from lightning strikes, earthquakes, major hail storms, extreme weather temperatures and normal house-settling.
  4. Water damage: During a real estate chimney inspection, the technician is watching for signs that water has infiltrated the system. Clues include white staining on the exterior masonry, musty odors coming from the fireplace, decomposed bricks and mortar, water in the firebox and more. 
  5. Chimney crown & chimney cap: These two components are at the top of the chimney and serve to protect the structure. Chimney caps keep water out of the flue openings, and cement chimney crowns protect the entire top of the chimney (aside from the flue openings) as well as the bricks below the crown.  Caps and crowns must be in good shape in order to do their jobs.
  6. Roof flashing: Chimney inspectors know that damaged or warped flashing that seals the gap between the roof and the chimney can allow water to run down into the home and cause rotting and mold growth.

Chimney Inspection in Francestown NHAfter the chimney inspection

When the inspection is finished, your technician will present you with the findings and make recommendations for any repair work that is needed. When the repairs are completed, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your chimney and fireplace system has been thoroughly checked out and signed off on.

Are you involved with the transfer of a home and need a certified chimney inspection as part of the process? Black Moose Chimney & Stove of Antrim, NH, is on call year-round for Level 2 real estate chimney inspections – and all other inspections, repair work and chimney cleaning. Make an appointment or learn more about our services by calling (603) 525-7905.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)