The Stovepiper offers comprehensive chimney services beyond sweeping.

Below is a description of the services we offer. Please contact us to help determine the most appropriate and valuable service for you



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INSPECTIONS

When was the last time you had your chimney inspected?

Whether you are moving into a new home, haven’t used your fireplace in a long time, or simply looking for a routine check-up, we can help you determine which level on inspection best fits your situation. (See the table below for specific inspection guidelines)

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends you should have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually to ensure there are no potential fire hazards or damages to your chimney and perform maintanence as needed.

Our professionals can evaluate of your venting system from every angle, including hard-to-reach areas such as crawl spaces and attics.  We identify safety hazards, structural weaknesses, construction or installation deficiencies, general appliance condition, debris blocking your chimney & the build-up of flammable substances.

All inspections are performed under the NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances 2013 Edition.

Having a professional chimney inspection is an exceedingly valuable investment.

Call us today to find out what level of inspection we recommend for you and give yourself peace of mind.


Level 1

Scope (What)
We will examine readily accessible areas of chimney, structure, and flue. Verify the lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in flue; check basic appliance installation and connection.

Degree of Access Required (Where)
Readily accessible portions of chimney exterior and interior; accessible portions of appliance and chimney connection.

Circumstances (When)
Annual inspection; during routine cleaning of the chimney flue, upon direct replacement of connected appliance with one of similar type, input rating, and efficiency.

Indications (Why)
For verification of suitability of the chimney for continued service; under the same conditions and with the same appliance of appliances.

Level 2

Scope (What)
All subjects of a Level 1 plus; proper construction and condition of accessible portions of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues; proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations; size and suitability of flues for connected appliances.

Degree of Access Required (Where)
All accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior, including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements, and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection; includes inspection by video scanning or other means.

Circumstances (When)
Upon addition or removal of one or more connected appliance or replacement of appliance with one of dissimilar type; input rating, or efficiency; prior to relining or replacement of flue lining; upon sale or transfer of the property; after operating malfunction or external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney.

Indications (Why)
For verification of suitability of the chimney for new or changed condition of service; Level 1 inspection not sufficient enough to determine serviceability of the chimney.

Level 3

Scope (What)
All subjects of Level 1 and 2 inspections; proper construction and condition of concealed portions of chimney structure and enclosed flues; proper clearances from combustibles.

Degree of Access Required (Where)
External and internal portions of chimney structure, including concealed areas of the building or chimney; includes removal of components of building or chimney where necessary, but only as necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection.

Circumstances (When)
Where necessary for the investigation of an incident that has caused damage to the chimney or building; where a hazard detected or suspected as the result of a Level 1 or 2 inspection cannot be fully evaluated without access to concealed areas.

Indications (Why)
When construction of all or part of chimney is deemed critical to its renewed or continued use; required only for those areas that cannot be properly evaluated by a Level 1 or 2 inspection.


Readily Accessible – Areas that are quickly or easily reached and does not require use of tools for opening or removal of any panel, door, or other covering, nor would it require ladders.

Accessible – Areas that are capable of being accessed by the use of ladders and common hand tools.  Does not require any destructive actions to the building or property.

SWEEPING

The Stovepiper offers customers complete maintenance and sweeping services for Masonry and Prefabricated Fireplaces, Freestanding Wood Stoves and Inserts, and Oil-Fired Appliances.

Reduce your risk of chimney fires with our comprehensive chimney service that is more than just a sweep.

Our certified and trained technicians conduct a sweep process that includes the following features:

  • Level 1 inspection (see Inspections for more details)
  • Full system sweep
  • Closed circuit video camera inspection
  • Documented Report with photos and recommendations

REPAIRS

We offer a variety of repair and improvement services including but not limited to:

  • Chimney Relining– When your terra cotta liner fails, replace it with a properly sized stainless steel liner with a lifetime warranty.
  • Crown Repair– Make sure you are protecting the chimney by having a proper functioning crown.
  • Masonry Repair for Brick, Stucco, and Stone chimneys.
  • Installation of Energy Efficient Top-Mount Dampers, Custom Chase Covers and Rain Caps
  • Fireplace Restoration– Old age, a chimneys fire, safety issues, or just want something better; the Ahren-Fire Fireplace Restoration System will modernize your fireplace and make burning wood better than you thought was possible.

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