Thinking of selling your house this Spring? Get ahead of the game and have your chimney inspected first so there are no surprises when you are under contract during buyers inspections.

The National Fire Protection Association is the organization that sets American standards for chimney inspections. The NFPA outlines three levels of chimney inspection depending on what circumstances are occurring that have triggered the inspection. In general, the greater the number level of inspection the more detailed the inspection will be. American Chimney & Masonry does all three levels of inspection, depending on what is needed.

Level 1 Chimney Inspection

Level 1 Chimney Inspection is the most common and basic inspection. You’ll receive an inspection of all the readily available portions of the interior and exterior of your chimney or venting system. A certified technician will ensure basic soundness of the structure and flue, along with basic appliance connections.  The technician also will ensure the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits, such as creosote or other material. If not, a cleaning will be in order to ensure continued safe usage.

Level 2 Chimney Inspection

A Level 2 chimney inspection is a bit more complex and is required when:

  • Buying or selling a home or business with a fireplace

  • The chimney survived weather damage or a fire

  • You want to use the chimney for extended periods

A Level 2 Chimney Inspection conducted by a Certified Chimney Sweep is a little more detailed than a Level 1. A visual inspection of the inside parts of the fireplace and chimney is required. The Chimney Safety Institute of America, of which we are longtime members, and the NFPA work hand-in-hand on fire safety, so if your Homeowners Association or real estate buyer is asking for a NFPA Level II Venting Inspection or NFPA 211, you can be sure a American Chimney & Masonry knows how to perform this inspection.

The NFPA Level 2 Venting Inspection includes the design, installation, maintenance, and inspection of chimneys, fireplaces, and venting systems in all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Level 3 Chimney Inspection

A Level 3 Chimney Inspection is usually required when the construction of  the chimney is necessary for the continued or renewed use of the chimney due to potentially unseen defects. The Level 3 inspection could include opening or removing an interior wall to access hidden parts of the chimney. This level of inspection normally occurs when a more serious problem has been identified and a method of repair needs to be determined.

If your chimney is in need of inspection, these are the potential actions that will be taken. Most likely, we begin with the Level 1 inspection and go from there.

Portland Chimney Repair – Service Area

Located right here in Oregon, our Portland chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney repair, fireplace installation and dryer vent care in the Greater Portland-Metro area. From NE Portland down to SE Portland, Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry! We are the most trusted Portland Chimney Repair company!

Ready To Make A Chimney Sweep Appointment?

To schedule an appointment with one of our expert chimney repair technicians, please call 503-644-0393. With over 19,000 satisfied customers since 1989, we are ready for more! We look forward to visiting with you soon about your fireplace and chimney sweep needs.