Laconia NH Certified Chimney Inspections
When the season changes and the leaves begin to fall as the winter season approaches, it’s a sign that it’s time for folks in Laconia, NH, to ensure their chimney is structurally safe and sound. And that includes scheduling an annual chimney inspection. The CSIA-Certified chimney sweeps at Fire N’ Stone are fully qualified to perform all three exam levels per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-211) industry standards.
Laconia Chimney Inspections
Let’s face it, it gets downright cold and blistery in Laconia, NH, especially when a gusty wind blows across the surrounding lake shores. Between the sub-zero temperatures and icy conditions to gusty winds and snowstorms, our harsh winter weather can affect a masonry or manufactured chimney’s safety, performance, and stability.
Why Your Chimney Needs an Annual Inspection
There are several reasons why Belknap County, NH, homeowners need annual chimney inspections:
• To determine if there is an excessive build-up of flammable creosote
• To look for dangerous flue obstructions
• To inspect your flue liner for cracks or missing tiles
• To check for masonry damage and water leaks
• To determine if cleaning or repairs are needed
The Three Levels of Chimney Inspections
Fire N’ Stone’s certified chimney inspectors have the training and expertise to perform all three inspection levels, from the primary visual inspection to an advanced examination of inaccessible areas.
This is the standard inspection recommended for most homeowners in Laconia and Belknap County, NH, every year. It is a top-down, inside and outside review of the chimney system’s accessible areas, including vents and attached heating appliances.
This is an intermediate inspection recommended when it has been more than one year since your last chimney inspection. The level 2 examination includes a video scan of the entire flue surface so minor issues can be discovered and corrected before they evolve into more extensive and costlier repairs. NFPA guidelines also require a chimney inspection when:
• There is a pending sale or transfer of real property
• There has been a modification to the chimney, flue, or attached heating appliance
• Changing fuel source, i.e., from wood to gas and vice versa.
• Installing a new heating appliance like a fireplace insert
Level 3 is an advanced physical examination when severe damage to the chimney structure or flue is suspected during level 1 or 2 probes. It may require removing a component or destroying a section of a masonry wall to find the source of the problem, such as a chimney leak, in an inaccessible area of the chimney structure.
Your Local CSIA-Certified Chimney Inspection Service in Laconia
Fire N’ Stone is the leading chimney inspection, cleaning, and repair contractor in the area of Laconia and Belknap County, NH. Please call us at (719) 661-3277 to book your appointment or fill out our contact form to consult with an experienced chimney technician.
We invite you to visit our expansive showroom at 539 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH. All work is performed by our fully qualified and trained technicians. We don’t subcontract our work to another company.