We Also Perform Level 2 Sales Transaction Inspections
If nothing significant has changed in your chimney system — you’re still using the same heating appliance with the same flue liner, burning the same fuel, and haven’t had any damage or a chimney fire — a Level 1 visual inspection will be sufficient for your system. But that basic inspection is not the best choice when a property is changing hands.
If you’re buying or selling a home, a Level 2 Sales Transaction Inspection is the right choice. This ensures that the home buyer has a thorough look into the chimney system that may soon be theirs to use, maintain and repair. No new home buyer wants to find out that an expensive chimney repair or replacement is needed a few months into owning a home. A home inspector may look at the basic state of the fireplace and chimney, but a chimney is a complex system with a wide variety of parts that help it vent properly and protect it against water. Certified chimney professionals can truly gauge the state of a chimney system, and locate damage and potential hazards that the home buyer will want to be informed of.
A Sales Transaction Inspection Is More Thorough Than A Level 1 Visual Inspection
During a Level 1 Visual Inspection, Weststar Chimney Sweeps technicians inspect all of the accessible parts of the chimney system, from the firebox, through the flue, and up to the chimney crown and chimney cap. We’ll look for cracks and gaps; rusted or corroded parts; blockages or creosote problems; and any other issues that might contribute to an inefficient or unsafe chimney. During a Level 2 Sales Transaction Inspection, we’ll perform the visual inspection process, but also address the proper clearances from combustible materials near accessible locations, and include an inspection of the chimney in attics and basements or crawl spaces. At the end of a sales transaction inspection, you’ll have a well-rendered image of the entire chimney system, top to bottom, so that there’s no guessing and no hidden issues to surprise a new buyer.
When Potential Hazards Are Found, An Even More In-Depth Inspection May Be Recommended
During Level 1 and Level 2 inspections, we’re looking at all the accessible portions of the chimney for damage or hazards. When a potential hazard is indicated, it may be important to look deeper, and look into the less accessible portions of your system. This may include the removal of permanent parts of the chimney or the surrounding area — including doors, drywall, even parts of the chimney itself — and it can also include the need for specialized tools. An inspection this in-depth is what the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) refers to as a Level 3 Inspection.
If a visual or sales transaction inspection reveals areas of concern, Weststar Chimney Sweeps technicians may recommend a Level 3 inspection in order to get a better look at the situation. Our focus is on helping our customers enjoy a fireplace and chimney that’s as safe as possible, and the right inspection process is a big part of that focus.
Call Us, Today!
If you need to schedule a sales transaction inspection for a property that is changing hands, call Weststar Chimney Sweeps today at 619-338-8116, or make an appointment online!
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I have been a customer for several years now. This time, I had them not only clean the fireplace, but change from wood-burning to gas burning. The logs they showed me were beautiful! The work was done promptly and professionally. They were here early on both visits, and waited in the truck until the appointment time. Highly recommend them.
~ Kathleen Lam