The home inspector will do an eyeball look at your chimney to note any signs of possible damage, but it is not included in their home inspection to thoroughly look inside and assess the current state of the chimney. Most home inspectors are not trained to inspect fireplaces, heating stoves and chimneys. A Level 2 chimney inspection from Hancock Chimney Sweep & Service in Ellsworth, Newport or Bangor, ME will check the interior of the chimney flue, the rooftop components of the chimney and the fireplace and chimney clearances.
A certified chimney professional, like Hancock Chimney Sweep & Service in Ellsworth, Newport & Bangor, ME, will do a Level 2 chimney inspection. During a Level 2 chimney inspection, a certified chimney inspector examines all accessible components of the fireplace and chimney. Level 2 chimney inspections also use a specialized camera, which is inserted up the chimney flue to look for signs of damage, weakness or previous fires.
The purpose of a Level 2 chimney inspection is to determine that the chimney structure is safe for use. It will also ensure that the chimney is free from any obstructions and that all fireplace and chimney connections have been properly installed. Following a Level 2 chimney inspection, your chimney technician will be able to advise you on the soundness of the fireplace and chimney system. He also will be able to give you a thorough report on the condition of the system. That includes: whether masonry is showing signs of wear and deterioration, if metal fireplace and chimney components are in good working order and whether there are signs of water damage.