We are a CSIA certified company. Our staff has been trained by the leading certification agency in our industry. Our annual cleaning keeps your family safe and gives you peace of mind that will last throughout the fireplace season. Like changing the oil in your car, chimney cleaning is REQUIRED annual maintenance (more often with frequent use or if burning soft woods). If you have not had your chimney inspected and cleaned recently, you are quite literally “playing with fire.”
Which level chimney cleaning do I need?
The chimney sweeping industry classifies chimney cleaning into 3 types of cleanings. Below is a description of the types of inspections and our cost of performing them. Depending on your situation we will recommend one of the following services:
Level 1 - $199.95
If your appliance or venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.
In a Level 1 inspection, our C.S.I.A. Certified Chimney Sweep will examine the readily accessible**portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. We will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. We will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. Our C.S.I.A Certified Chimney Sweep will sweep out the flue or connections and after sweeping we are one of the few companies that use state of the art chimney scanning cameras to video inspect the flue liner of the newly cleaned fireplace system on a Level 1 inspection. Just another service that sets us apart from other chimney sweeping companies. We have invested in these cameras and for the proper training and certifications needed to allow us to make our customers comfortable while enjoying the many benefits of their fireplace system.
Level 2 - $249.95
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system, Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external e vent that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted.
There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.
When a Level 1 or Level 2inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure*** will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible* portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
Level 3 - Cost varies depending on the level of labor involved in accessing areas needed.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e. chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.
*Accessible: may require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or covering, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish
** Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or coverings.
***Northfield Fireplace and Grills is not responsible for the repairs needed to be done after a Level 3 inspection. The homeowner must have all repairs done at their own expense.
C.S.I.A. (The Chimney Safety Institute of America) is the ONLY nationally recognized training and certification institute for chimney sweeps. It is a Non-Profit organization that is dedicated to the proper education of chimney professionals throughout the country. For more information and great resources for homeowners go to csia.org
We provide many other types of chimney services which include:
Wood Burning Chimney Cleaning
Camera Inspections Available.
Pellet Unit Cleaning & Servicing.
Masonry repair and tuck-pointing.
Chimney caps and dampers.
Annual checkups & cleanings.