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Be Smart…Be Sure…Get Inspected!
Having your chimney and fireplace inspected is crucial to the safety of your home. You can trust Golden Gate Chimney for a Chimney and Fireplace Inspection in Greater SF Bay Area.
Did you know, on average, 25,400 homes are damaged or destroyed by chimney related fires each year? Chimney related fires account for almost ¼ of ALL residential fires. Having your fireplace and chimney inspected on a regular basis is your best preventative action.
Some chimney defects are obvious—missing, broken, or spalling bricks—rust staining—water damage on interior ceilings and walls, however, other problems such as broken flue tiles, missing mortar joints in the flue liner—flue blockages—these are not so easily recognized and requires a chimney inspection professional to identify them.
When you call Golden Gate Chimney to inspect your chimney you get a full inspection by one of our Chimney Technicians. Call Golden Gate Chimney and we will do an inspection that YOU can watch right along with us.
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The National Fire Protection Association-211 Code Book States: (2013 ed., sec. 15.4.1 (3)): “A Level 2 Inspection Shall Be Conducted Under The Following Circumstances: (3) Upon Sale or Transfer of Property.”
It’s common for Home inspectors to tell you, “The chimney looks good, it just needs to be cleaned.” If the chimney needs to be cleaned—no one can do an inspection because the defects are hidden by creosote. Don’t leave yourself open to disappointment, Call Golden Gate Chimney and get your fireplace and chimney inspected “Before” you sit through the closing. Golden Gate Chimney work with realtors on a regular basis, we have saved their clients thousands of dollars and countless headaches.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) now recognizes three (3) different types of chimney inspections, Level 1—Level 2—and Level 3. Below, please find the “Basic” explanation of what each level of inspection is—and when it’s suggested.
Level 1 inspection: This level of inspection is a “Visual” inspection. If you haven’t made any changes to your burning system, plan to use it in the same method you have in the past, and have not experienced any unusual problems—this is the minimum inspection requirement.
Level 2 inspection: This level of inspection is required when changes have been made to your system, or you plan to use your burning unit in a different method than you have in the past. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of the property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. This level of inspection is more in-depth; however, there is no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection. When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended.
Level 3 inspection: A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.