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Selling Your Home? Get a Level 2 Chimney Inspection

Selling Your Home? Get a Level 2 Chimney Inspection - San Diego CA - Weststar ChimneyOur staff at Weststar Chimney Sweeps has told you about the importance of having your chimney professionally inspected once a year to ensure your fireplace and chimney system functions properly and safely. Most likely, your annual chimney inspection will be a Level 1 inspection, which is the most basic level of the three levels of chimney inspections. However, when you are selling your home, you should request a Level 2 inspection when making your appointment. You will be able to provide prospective buyers more detailed information about the fireplace and chimney system, which can assure these buyers that everything is working correctly. Our chimney sweeps have all been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and were trained on the three different levels of inspections that were established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in its code NFPA 211, the Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. We can help you prepare to sell your home by providing you with the highest level of professional chimney inspection needed.

What are the differences between a Level 1 and a Level 2 chimney inspection?

When the CSIA-certified chimney technicians from Weststar Chimney Sweeps arrive at your home to perform a basic Level 1 chimney inspection, they will check out every accessible part of your chimney system, including the firebox, the flue, the chimney cap, and the chimney crown. Our chimney sweeps will be looking for problems, such as cracks and gaps, blockages, creosote accumulations, and rusted parts, that could cause your fireplace and chimney system to be unsafe or inefficient. All of this is included in a Level 2 sales transaction chimney inspection, along with an inspection of the chimney in the attic, basement, and crawl space. Proper clearances from combustible materials will also be addressed by our chimney sweeps in a Level 2 chimney inspection.

When would I need a Level 3 chimney inspection?

If our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps discover a potential hazard that needs a closer examination, we will then recommend a Level 3 chimney inspection. In this level, our sweeps will take a more in-depth look at the less accessible areas of your chimney, and this may require the removal of doors, drywall, and even parts of the chimney itself and the use of specialized tools and equipment. While it may seem destructive to have a Level 3 chimney inspection, remember that safety is the top priority. No one wants to buy a home with an unsafe fireplace and chimney system, so in order to solve safety issues and hazards, a Level 3 chimney inspection may be needed. If you’ve ever had a chimney fire before, a level 3 chimney inspection will also be required to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire.

If you are considering selling your home, call our Weststar Chimney Sweeps office at 619-338-8116 to schedule an appointment for a Level 2 chimney inspection.

By Mike O'Mara on June 24th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Special Discounts for Signups at the San Diego County Fair

We offer the lowest discount of the year at the San Diego County Fair!

We offer the lowest discount of the year at the San Diego County Fair!

Once again, Weststar Chimney Sweeps will be hosting a booth at the San Diego County Fair. Residents of San Diego look forward to this fair every year as it kicks off the summer with fun events and attractions for the whole family. Opening on Friday, June 5th, the fair will run until July 5th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. When you stop by our booth to make an appointment for our chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent services, you can take advantage of our special fair discounts! These special fair prices are the lowest of the year so don’t miss out! We would like to tell you a bit more about what you can expect from this year’s San Diego County Fair.

“It All Started at a Fair”

The 2015 theme of the San Diego County Fair celebrates the traditions of World’s Fairs, expositions that have been going on since 1851. The theme exhibit features information about structures that were built for a World’s Fair, fair food, inventions that debuted at World’s Fairs, and the Panama-California Exposition, which took place exactly 100 years ago at historic Balboa Park.

New Attractions

As San Diego is becoming the center for commercially crafted distilled spirits, the San Diego County Fair is proud to start a new tradition, Distilled: San Diego Spirit and Cocktail Competition and Festival. You can enjoy samples of award-winning distilled spirits and cocktails and watch bartender competitions as well. To celebrate Hispanic culture, the San Diego County Fair is adding the Fiesta Village to our Family Funville area. You will find entertainment for the whole family, hand-crafted goods for sale, and food stands offering the best Hispanic cuisine in the area. The fair will also celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander cultures with the new Asian Festival, which features music, dance, and martial arts competitions. If you are looking for the best in local San Diego cuisine, you will not want to miss the Farm to Table Dinner, which pairs foods from local farms with the best of local beer and wine.

Family Funville

For San Diego families with young children, the Family Funville area of the San Diego County Fair offers rides, exhibits, and other attractions geared towards kids. Your children can participate in games and contests, like sack races, horseshoe tosses, and even a watermelon seed spitting contest. Do your children like music? If so, you will want them to experience the Funville and Fiesta stages which will be filled with songs and dance performances from various local community groups.

For more information about the San Diego County Fair, contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps. We will be happy to tell you more about our booth and our special fair pricing deals!

By Mike O'Mara on June 4th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment