Chimney Real Estate Inspection is state of the art at Midtown Chimney Sweeps and dryer vent cleaning is ready to meet the needs of realtors and property managers who are helping people move in and out of homes. NFPA 211 is the national code for firepalces, chimneys and vents, and this code book requires the annual inspection of firepalces. Furthermore it requires that during all home transactions a Level II chimney Inspection be done. Midtown Chimney does these inspections quickly and professionally.
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Real Estate Chimney Inspection

Real Estate Buyer?

If you are buying a property with a chimney or if you are representing a client who is buying a piece of real estate with a fireplace, this article is for you! You will learn the codes and regulations governing home real estate transactions and the type of real estate chimney inspection required. Lets begin with a brief overview of the fireplace itself.

Overview of Fireplaces Codes…

Every fireplace manufacturer has a different clearance to combustibles for their wood stove or fireplace. This makes the rules different for every factory built fireplace and wood stove installation. However, there are some broad rules that cross all types of fireplaces and wood stoves in a generic kind of way. These are National base-line minimum code clearance to combustible standards that must be met or exceeded by any listed product. Hang on there is more!

Into the Details… UL Listings for Wood, Pellet, and Gas Appliances

National standards do not apply in most circumstances these days because the manufacturer of the stove or fireplace has done its own private testing to surpass national minimum standards.  Private testing is performed by a UL Certified laboratory, and provides the manufacturer of the fireplace or wood stove or gas stove or pellet stove with a UL Listing. This UL Listing is extremely important. You should know if your home heating appliance is UL Listed or not. This listing may be found on a sheet metal plate riveted to the body of the listed appliance. Try looking on the back or base pedastal or near the fireplace opening on the left or right side near the fire screen. If you have this plate, it is probably a listed appliance. Our Certified technicians must abide by the clearances indicated on the plate. We cannot reduce those minimum laboratory tested numbers by using national codes, because the listing process is what got these numbers reduced in the first place.

Fireplace and Chimney Inspections

The Fire Department’s code book for wood stoves and fireplaces has a name, the NFPA 211. This is the National minimum standard. It indicates that there are 3 different levels of inspections that may be done for a fireplace or wood stove. You can go to the code book source website here, NFPA 211. We use this as our controlling document at Midtown Chimney Sweeps. The three levels are not surprisingly labeled Level I, Level II, and Level III, and increase in their invasiveness. Below is a disclaimer for our company and then a brief description of the 3 Levels of Inspections recognized by the NFPA 211.

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 Hidden Defects- legal disclaimer

Hidden construction defects of many types may exist, and may not be discovered using only a Level I or Level II Inspection. These inspections are not intended as a guarantee of safety or the absence of hazards of use, and no guarantee is implied. There have been times when even a Level III inspection was not thorough enough. Needless to say, caution and common sense must be used when both performing inspections and when burning a solid-fuel burning appliance in a modern real estate holding such as a single family residence.

Level I sweep and inspection

is our base level annual chimney sweep and is the least expensive level. We typically do not inspect fireplaces unless we sweep it first, even if it seems clean at a glance. Level I inspections should be done annually according to our certification body (Certified Chimney Professionals organization) and the Fire Department, and consists of physical brushing of the flue, and a visual inspection of the easily accessible portion of the chimney, and requires no tools, no cameras, and no roof inspection is required.

Level II Sweep and Inspection

is our next most popular service, and is slightly more expensive than the Level I, and for good reason. This is known commonly as the Real Estate Chimney Inspection. First we do everything listed in the Level I sweep and inspection above plus the following: roof inspection, live scan video inspection inside the flue, and accessible portions of the chimney. This Level II sweep and inspection is recommended by the NFPA 211 every time the property changes owners, when the fuel type changes, and after every chimney fire. This is a common sense recommendation based on industry research finding ways to reduce structure fires in America. Basically, this is the “better safe than sorry” approach for new owners or occupants of a residence, either commercial or residential.

Level III Sweep and Inspection

is the most invasive type of fireplace or chimney inspection. It consists of the logical and progressively more detailed inspections of Level I, Level II, and finally Level III. We don’t typically perform this level of sweep and inspection on a regular basis so we don’t have readily available pricing on this. The technician will be explaining all his findings to you on site as you move  down this path.

Real Estate Chimney Inspections Should be done:

  • Upon sale or transfer of a property
  • Upon changing the fuel type of the fireplace or chimney
  • After a chimney fire
  • When a Level I inspection indicates the need for further inspection

This would include inheritance of real estate, or a traditional sale process including contract, escrow, closing, real estate agents and brokers, and loan officers. When a home is transacted it’s chimney should be inspected. Just like the septic system or electrical system is inspected upon sale or transfer of a property, so the chimney should be inspected upon the sale or transfer of a property. And rightly so! Chimneys and fireplaces contain active fire!


Call a Certified Midtown Technician for a same-day Level II Real Estate Chimney Inspection Today!

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    Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean! They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around! Thank you so much!

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    Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!

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    I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service. I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there. I can't say enough good things about these guys!

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    The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!

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    My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.

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