Schedule Your Fall Chimney Inspection

Do you have yet to get your fall chimney inspection booked? No worries! Here at Advance Chimney Specialist, we’re available and ready to ensure you’re taken care of throughout this upcoming burning season. Our team of experts will take a look at your system, ensuring all components are operating safely and appropriately, and if problems are spotted, we’re certain we can handle them all.

Why rely on us? Well, we’re known for our dependability and commitment to customer satisfaction, and with years of experience, along with countless certifications and memberships under our belts, you can bet we know what we’re doing. There’s a reason we’re a top-rated company throughout our service area!

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In the end, if you’re looking to rest easier this holiday season, our experts are the ones to trust through it all. Don’t hesitate to reach out today.

Why Are Annual Chimney Inspections Important?

Now, many ask… why do I need an inspection every single year? Doesn’t that seem a little excessive for a structure that’s known for being strong, sturdy, and long-lasting?

Well, while your masonry and chimney parts are definitely built to last, that doesn’t always mean they’re performing to the best of their ability. There are many parts to your chimney and fireplace, all of which need to be in good shape and working efficiently for you to receive the results you’re hoping for.

The fact is, every single year your chimney faces wear and tear, whether that’s from bad weather, animal invasion, or just being put to use a lot throughout the holiday season. And if any type of damage is present (even something minor), your system could be putting your home and family at risk every time you light those flames.

Most assume that if any damages were present, they’d be obvious and easy to spot. …right? Unfortunately, this isn’t typically the case. Most chimney flaws are well hidden and hard to notice, meaning you could be facing potentially hazardous scenarios without even knowing it.

Is it worth taking any chances? We think not. That’s why the crew at Advance Chimney Specialist always recommends investing in a professional chimney inspection every single year.

In order to guarantee the safest, warmest, and coziest fires this fall, getting that inspection on the calendar is a must.

What Issues Could Be Present?

Now, some of the more common issues we find in this routine maintenance are water-related damages. This could include broken down brickwork, missing mortar joints, rusted metal components, clogs in the flue, rotted woodwork, and more. Long story short: water can do a lot of damage and affect multiple parts of your system!

If we notice any type of moisture-related issues, it’s imperative that we address it right away, whether that means installing a new chimney cap, performing tuckpointing services, repairing damaged flashing, rebuilding your chimney crown, or something else. One thing’s for certain – if there’s a problem at hand, our experienced sweeps will know how to fix it.

Another important thing to consider in terms of water damage is whether you need waterproofing services performed. If you have yet to make this investment, then we strongly recommend getting it done before kicking off your burning season. Professional waterproofing ensures your porous brickwork stays protected, while also allowing your structure to breathe out necessary fumes and water vapors.

We’ll also keep an eye out for missing or broken -down components that need replacing, along with any issues with your chimney liner or excess creosote build-up. All of these things could lead to inefficiency, gas leaks, smoke exposure, or chimney/house fires.

And when it comes to overall savings, this again is one service you don’t want to skip out on. Inspections are affordable, won’t take up a lot of your time, and ensure minor issues are spotted well before turning into bigger and more expensive repair jobs. This is one instance where a little bit of maintenance now will save you hundreds (sometimes thousands) down the line!waterproofing services in pittsburgh PA

Inspections We Offer

Now, our techs are CSIA-certified, and we offer two levels of inspections, ensuring you’re taken care of no matter your chimney needs. Here’s a brief overview of each:

  1. Level 1: A level 1 inspection is your basic, routine inspection. If you invest in an inspection every year, haven’t made any major changes to your appliance in the last 12 months, and your system hasn’t experienced any major trauma (like exposure to a big storm or lightning strike), then this should be all you need! Our sweeps will check for any obvious flaw or obstructions, look over all readily accessible parts, recommend any required further action, then be on our way.
  2. Level 2: Level 2 inspections are more exhaustive. These are done when selling or buying a home, after severe damage has occurred (due to a natural disaster or chimney fire), after upgrading or modifying your system, and prior to doing a relining job. In these, a camera is snaked up your flue to get a more in-depth look. We may also enter your attic, crawl space, or basement to ensure everything is thoroughly looked over.

Don’t Wait – Reach Out Today

Temperatures are dropping and fall winds are making an appearance, so don’t wait any longer to get your appointment scheduled. Our books fill up fast this time of year, so there’s no time to lose!

You can reach our experts by phone at 412-729-2446 or you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Make sure your fireplace is ready for the holidays – give us a holler today!