Real Estate Inspections

Real Estate Inspections

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial commitments that many of us will make in our lifetimes. Most home buyers elect to have a home inspector investigate the property for defects before finalizing the purchase. However, many people do not realize that most home inspectors do not inspect the chimney flue liners for defects. Additionally, many are not familiar with code compliance issues for fireplace inserts and freestanding wood burning stoves. Finally, few, in any, have the proper video inspection equipment that is necessary for close examination of the flue liner.

NFPA 211, 12.5.1 states: A  Level II inspection shall be conducted under the following circumstances: (3) Upon sale or transfer of property. A Level II inspection is defined by the NFPA as: An examination of accessible areas of all chimney flues and the internal surfaces of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney with video scanning equipment or other means used as necessary to observe those areas (

At August West Chimney Company & Fireplace Concepts, we offer two types of real estate Inspections. The first, is a comprehensive ‘LEVEL 1’ inspection. This inspection offers a professional inspection of the chimney system and its components while inspecting all visible areas, including setting a ladder to thoroughly inspect the top of of the chimney.

The second type of inspection we perform is a ‘LEVEL II’ inspection. This inspection is more comprehensive as we use a video camera system which is run through each flue to determine the integrity of the flues within the chimney. In addition, as described above, the LEVEL II inspection includes inspecting al accessible areas concerning the chimney.

For your professional, certified, REAL ESTATE INSPECTION,  please call our office at 800-959-1511. Inspection reports & photos will be provided after the inspection, and sent via email and  regular mail.

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