Whenever Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps comes out for a service, a mandatory inspection is performed. Many wish to have their repairs or sweepings done without this step, but unfortunately that would go against our standards of excellence. We work with reputable organizations like the CSIA and the NFPA to ensure you get the best care possible and by inspecting your system with every service, you are guaranteed safer results every single time.Chimney Inspections are Mandatory - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom

The NFPA guidelines highlight the importance of ensuring every piece of your chimney’s anatomy is working well and functioning as safely as possible, and when we leave a system uninspected, there’s a chance that your home and family could be at risk. When you leave your fireplace and chimney in our hands, we’re going to take all of the necessary steps to ensure everything is running right before we leave. Then, both our crew and your household can move forward with the peace of mind they deserve!

What Our Inspections Entail

Depending on the level of inspection your system requires, the process may differ from case to case. There are three levels that sweeps can be trained to perform and our crew knows how to do all of them! Get the specifics below.

A level one inspection will include a basic overview of your chimney, as the sweep examines all easily accessible parts and checks for any potential obstructions. These inspections are reserved for systems that haven’t undergone any damages or big changes in the recent past, and that have been regularly maintained and inspected with every passing year. If everything with your chimney and fireplace seem to be running fine, a level one inspection is likely all you need.

A level two inspection takes things a bit further. If you’ve experienced any serious disasters (chimney fires, earthquakes, flooding, etc.), or if you’ve changed up the fuel type or engaged in reconstruction work, then a level two inspection is recommended. These types of inspections are also required when buying or selling real estate. They encompass all parts of a level one inspection, as well as a video inspection, allowing the sweep to get an in-depth look at every aspect of your system.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection, which is reserved for situations where the chimney or fireplace requires some type of destruction or disassembly in order to access areas of potential damage.

Common Problems We Discover

So, what threats are we most likely to come across? In most cases, the most you’ll need is some minor repair work done or a thorough sweeping completed, but bigger issues could lay beneath the surface. Water issues, for instance, can cause a lot of damage in a hurry, so if excess moisture is noted, we may need to restore various parts of the system, as well as apply waterproofing agents.

Also, some homeowners experience chimney fires without even realizing it. In these cases, our sweeps can spot any extensive damage before the family faces bigger threats in the form of a house fires or carbon monoxide exposure.

Fall and winter are nearly upon, so the time to trust in us is now. Call today!