We Offer 3 Levels of Inspections, Including Level 2 Real Estate Inspections

There are a lot of things you can do to keep your chimney safer and in better shape. Things like not burning newspaper or other trash in your fireplace, regularly scooping out ash, and doing quick scans for damage are all good things a homeowner can do to monitor and maintain the health of their chimney. But the best thing you can do is schedule annual inspections with a Chimney Safety Institute of American (CSIA)-certified sweep before the start of every burning season.

What type of inspection will you need and what’s included? At Frechette Chimney, we offer all three levels of chimney inspections (defined by the National Fire Protection Association), ensuring your system gets taken care of no matter what state it’s in and what its needs are.

The first level of inspection doesn’t require any specialized tools or removal of components, and is reserved for homeowners who always book that annual inspection and whose chimney systems haven’t undergone any major changes or damages in the last year. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have level three inspections, where parts of the chimney may need to be removed to get a more in-depth look. These are necessary when hidden damages that can’t be uncovered any other way are suspected.

Then, there are the level two inspections, or real estate inspections. These are required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) when buying or selling a home, and our crew is known throughout York, Kittery, Eliot, and all of their surrounding towns and cities for doing them right.

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Frechette Chimney – Real Estate Inspections

The Inside Scoop on Level 2 Inspections

So, why is a level two inspection the standard when transferring property? Well, the main thing that sets these apart is the use of camera equipment. We’ll snake a small camera up your flue, ensuring every nook and cranny gets examined and nothing is overlooked. That’s important during the transfer of property because, when it comes to investing in real estate, you don’t want to miss a thing!

Already have your home inspection completed? A level two chimney inspection is still necessary! Your home inspector is only required to do the most basic overview of any easy-to-access areas of the chimney. This means a lot of things will likely get missed, which isn’t good when transferring property. No one wants to find themselves with costly chimney damages to address after the sale is complete.

But level 2 inspections aren’t needed just when buying or selling a home. If your chimney or fireplace has undergone any major changes (e.g. a change in fuel type, a new insert, a renovation, etc.) or experienced major damage from a natural disaster, big storm, or chimney fire, a level two inspection should be completed then, too.

We have a great reputation throughout the area in regards to how we handle these services, because we work closely with the homeowner’s insurance company to ensure they get the coverage they deserve. In fact, we’ve proven very successful at getting coverage for liner repairs, which are essential for chimney health and can be quite costly.

Homeowners in York County Can Rely on Us!

Do you live in York County, Cumberland County, Strafford County, or Rockingham County? Then it’s time to rely on our courteous crew for it all. When you’re a family-owned business who’s been serving a community for as long as we have, you know all about customer satisfaction and what it takes to build a loyal customer base. There’s a reason people continue to turn to us season after season – it’s because we treat our clients right. So call 207-608-0564 today and get the service you deserve. 

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