Why Should My Fireplace Have an Inspection?

That is a very good question….and the simple answer is if you look at the banner pictures, you will see issues that were only discovered during a fireplace inspection.  The majority of these were people purchasing their home and wanted the fireplace to be checked out.  If you are going to be lighting a fire inside your home, you want to know if the fireplace is recommended for use.

Our inspections are conducted per NFPA 211 standards, which is the US government’s standards for fireplaces.  We also use IRC code as well as NFPA 54, which deals with gas, and, if you have a prefab fireplace, we rely on manufacturer’s instructions as well.  When we inspect a fireplace system, we are looking for two things:  issues that pose life safety hazards (combustion gases entering back into the home), and issues that pose fire hazards.

NFPA 211 standards state you should have your fireplace inspected annually, with sweeping as indicated. Regular inspections and cleaning will prolong the life of your fireplace system, and will alert you to problems early, before they become major problems later.

NFPA 211 also states that fireplaces should be inspected when you are changing the fire source; i.e., you are going from wood burning to gas logs, or gas logs back to wood burning.  NFPA 211 also states your fireplace should be inspected for any real estate sale, or when your fireplace system has sustained a major incident; i.e., a chimney fire, or lightning strike, or tree falling on the chimney chase.