What Does a Chimney Inspection Include?

Your Chimney may be built to last. It may do the job, and do it well, but this performance can only last with regular maintenance. Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected regularly, like so many important systems, such as automobiles.

Why an Inspection is Important

Chimney Inspection in Weare NHThe Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommends routine chimney sweeps and annual inspections in order to keep the chimney system safe and efficient. CSIA inspections are the ones you should look for when you buy a home. It’s the inspection that lawyers, realtors, and code enforcement officers will look for. It’s also the one that will keep your chimney working for you, and keep your family and home safe.

CSIA Inspections Explained

Your chimney should be inspected every year. However, not every chimney is used the same way, or withstands the same amount of abuse each year. That is why CSIA has three levels of inspections.

  • Level One – This is the inspection you would schedule if you have used the chimney in the same way for the last year, intend to continue use in the same way, and have no new changes or installations. A level one inspection includes all readily accessible portions of the chimney system, looking for basic soundness of the chimney as well as installations and connections.
  • Level Two – Required before a sale or transfer of property, after a change is made to the system, or after the system has withstood a serious occurrence (earthquake, tornado, etc.) that may have left it damaged. A level two inspection includes everything from a level one, in addition to hidden portions of the system like that in an attic or crawlspace. A level two inspection also includes a video scan of the system.
  • Level Three – A thorough assessment of the entire chimney system, as well as the removal of portions of the house or chimney in order to gain access to suspected hazards. This inspection is necessary if a level one or two inspection identifies a hazard.

Contact Our Certified Chimney Sweeps

Black Moose Chimney and Stove offers chimney cleaning and inspections year-round. We’re experienced with not only national fire safety standards but also the fire safety codes here in our communities in Northern New Hampshire.

Has your chimney been serviced in the last 12 months? If you aren’t sure when your chimney was last inspected, call Black Moose now. If you have recently bought a home with a fireplace, and you don’t see the signature of a CSIA certified chimney sweep on the inspection, call Black Moose. Black Moose Chimney and Stove will be here for the long winter and spring and hectic summer. Call now at 603-525-7905 and set up your appointment today.

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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)