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We Regularly Conduct Level 1
Visual Inspections

If no major changes have been made to your chimney system over the past year (you haven’t had a new appliance or a new flue liner installed; your appliance is still burning the same fuel that it has burnt in the past; there hasn’t been any damage to the system), Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps will likely recommend a simple Level 1 visual inspection when it comes time for our annual visit.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that venting systems be professionally inspected each and every year for good reason: It’s the only way that you can be sure of the actual health and state of your chimney system.

Your chimney venting system does valuable work – it directs toxic gases and other dangerous deposits away from your living area, and it protects the combustible materials that surround it (the materials that make up your home) from high heat and fire. Fireplaces, stoves and inserts are wonderful additions to homes and can be an enjoyable excuse to spend some quality time with your family and friends — but when your chimney isn’t properly maintained, your heating appliance can be dangerous.

What Will Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Do During A Visual Inspection?

A Level 1 visual inspection is part of the industry standard’s three levels of chimney inspection. It is not the recommended level of inspection if a property is changing hands, if there’s been damage or possible damage to the system, or if a new appliance or new fuel has been added. Basically, if you’re using the same exact system in the same exact way, a visual inspection is the best choice.

During this type of chimney inspection, Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps’ technicians will take a close look at all the readily-accessible portions of your venting system’s interior and exterior, from the firebox, all the way up to the chimney crown. We’ll also inspect the appliance itself, and the chimney connectors that join the appliance and the venting system.

What Are Blue Sky Chimney Technicians Looking For?

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps’ technicians are trying to gauge how safely and efficiently your system is working, and whether any hidden hazards are lurking in your system. These hazards can include cracks and gaps, flue blockages, water-damaged mortar joints or bricks, improper installation or construction, and excessive creosote buildup. If we find damage, we can recommend the appropriate repairs for restoring your system to a proper and efficient function.

When Should I Schedule My Inspection?

The general rule of thumb is to have your inspection done every year around the same time. At the end of the burning season is optimum for many reasons, but, of course,  getting it done anytime before the heating season starts is always the best plan.  That way when those cool nights roll in, you’re ready to enjoy a nice, warm fire, knowing your chimney system is functioning as safely as it can and should be.

When it comes to quality chimney inspections, you can trust Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps to “Bless Your Hearth”. Call us today or click here to schedule an appointment online!


Video inspections of your chimney allow us to get a more thorough look at the inside of your chimney. Ask us whether you could benefit from this level of chimney inspection.

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