We Offer Level 2 Real Estate Chimney Inspections

Most fireplace owners know what to expect from a basic level 1 chimney inspection. What’s less understood is the level 2 inspection. When are they required? What do they entail? Who should you hire to perform yours?

Well, we’ve got those answers for you. Questions? Call us at 636-225-3340 or reach out online today.

Don’t Transfer a Property Without Investing in a Level 2 Inspection From Our Team

Level 2 inspections are required after major damage. Events like a chimney fire, a natural disaster (like a flood, earthquake, tornado, etc.), or after a major change has occurred with the system (like a restoration job or a change in fuel type).

But without a doubt, one of the most important times to schedule a level 2 inspection is when buying or selling a home. This is a big event, and the fireplace and chimney are an important aspect of a home’s safety and functionality. When you’re buying a home, a level 2 inspection can provide peace of mind that the chimney and fireplace are in good condition.

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On the other hand, for sellers, it’s a proactive step to demonstrate the property’s safety and compliance – which could possibly increase the home’s value and appeal to potential buyers.

Let English Sweep help make sure your bases are covered! An in-depth real estate inspection is a surefire way to do just that. When it comes to level 2 chimney inspections, you need a certified and experienced technician you can trust to provide a comprehensive assessment. Our team is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions when buying or selling a home. So give English Sweep a call today at 636-225-3340 or request an appointment on our website.

I’ve Completed My Home Inspection – Do I Still Need a Chimney Inspection?

If you’ve got your home inspection completed, you’re probably wondering if a level 2 chimney inspection done by a chimney sweep is still necessary. You likely noticed that the home inspector checked over your chimney, and they may have even mentioned that things looked okay on their end.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean the system is good to go.

That’s because the job of your home inspector is a lot different from our job as sweeps, and they don’t receive the in-depth chimney training that we do as Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-and National Fireplace Institute (NFI)-certified technicians.

What can I expect from English Sweep?

Rather than giving the chimney and fireplace a quick look over, our certified technicians are trained to catch issues with any of the following:

  • The condition of the chimney liner, which might be deteriorating or damaged
  • The presence of creosote buildup – a fire hazard that you should be concerned about
  • Cracks or defects in the chimney structure that can compromise its safety and efficiency
  • Proper clearance between the chimney and nearby combustible materials
  • The functionality of dampers, which if rusted or warped can affect the energy efficiency of the fireplace
  • The integrity of chimney caps and crowns to prevent water damage
  • If there is a gas appliance, we want to ensure proper ventilation from the home
  • Double check compliance with local building codes and safety standards

While general home inspectors offer valuable overview of the property, in the end, they’re not required to perform a video scan or an National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-level inspection. If there are obvious issues, sure, they’ll likely spot them. But it’s those hidden threats that they’re sure to miss.

If you want complete peace of mind as you move forward with your real estate transaction, then call on our experienced sweeps today. Otherwise, these problems can’t be negotiated into the sale of the home – and they’ll be yours to deal with later.

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Why Is It Important for Buyers to Ask When a Chimney or Fireplace Was Last Inspected?

Per the NFPA, a level 2 chimney inspection is actually a requirement prior to the sale or transfer of a home. So why is it important that you know when it was last inspected? Here are several reasons:

  • Safety: A well-maintained chimney and fireplace would give you no reason to believe there are potential safety issues like creosote buildup, structural damage, or ventilation problems that might have developed over time.
  • Maintenance Costs: Think about this – if a chimney hasn’t been inspected in a long time, there may be issues that need addressing. Is that something you are financially prepared for when it becomes your responsibility?
  • Negotiation: If a recent inspection reveals issues, buyers might request repairs or a reduction in the sale price, potentially saving you money right off the bat.
  • Peace of Mind: Nobody wants to move into a new home and have worries and doubts about essential elements like the chimney and fireplace. You want to be confident that your new living space is not only comfortable, but safe.
  • Efficiency: Having an efficient chimney and fireplace that is free from any blockages or damage is the most cost-effective way to keep your home warm and cozy during the colder months. Let us help start off your journey of homeownership without the added stress of unexpected maintenance repairs or safety concerns.

For the same reason that people request Carfax reports before they buy a car, homeowners should inquire about the inspection history of a home’s chimney and fireplace. Whether you’re a homeowner or a car owner, you want to make sure you’re investing in property that’s not only safe, but free from hidden problems that could lead to unexpected and costly repairs in the future.

Need help from our team of certified experts? We’re here for you. Give us a call or book online with us today.

What Happens During a Real Estate Chimney Inspection?

What can you expect after booking your real estate inspection appointment with us?

Well, first things first, we’ll be sure to give you a call when we’re on the way to ensure you’re ready for us. Upon arrival, you’ll see that we’re uniformed and in vans featuring our logo. And once we’re in your home, expect nothing less than the professional, respectful treatment you deserve.

We pride ourselves on being mess-free, thorough, and efficient, and homeowners throughout St. Louis County (MO), St. Charles County (MO), Washington County (IL), and more have consistently been satisfied by our clear knowledge of their system and honest practices.

  1. Once we start the inspection, you’ll notice us checking over all accessible parts of the chimney and fireplace. This may mean removing doors, panels, or coverings, but rest assured that no chimney components will be damaged or demolished.
  2. We’ll also enter any accessible attic spaces, crawlspaces, or possibly even the basement, if needed, to ensure we get a full and in-depth assessment.
  3. Finally, we’ll put camera equipment up your flue to look for any flaws throughout your chimney’s interior. We’ll note any areas of buildup, any cracking or crumbling, and any damage to flue joints, and we’ll check on the state of your liner as well.

Rely on Us When Buying or Selling a Home

Whether you’re buying a home, selling your current one, or doing both simultaneously, knowing everything you can about the properties you’re dealing with is a must.

We have more CSIA-certified sweeps on our team than any other company in the area, and our owner is the only CSIA-Master Chimney Sweep throughout the state of Missouri and parts of Illinois. If you really want to know where your system stands before making this big investment, then we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you are well-informed on it all.

Level 2 inspections are required when buying or selling property, so this is an investment you’ll need, regardless of the cost – and it’s not something you’ll want to skip! Because, in the end, we know you’ll feel much more confident moving forward with all of the facts and no hidden surprises to come.

Call Today

If you are in – or are moving to – St. Louis or anywhere else in the surrounding area, please reach out at 636-225-3340 to schedule your level 2 real estate inspection with our team right away. We’re happy to help!

You can also request an appointment here on our website if that’s more convenient for you. Thank you for trusting us.


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