Your Trusted Local Chimney Sweeps in Birmingham, AL
Our certified local chimney sweeps provide thorough chimney inspections to homeowners throughout Birmingham and surrounding cities. Batts’ Chimney Services specializes in three types of inspections:
Level 1 Inspections
If your appliance or your 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. In a Level 1 Inspection, your technician will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Our local chimney sweeps will be looking for the basic soundness of the 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.
Level 2 Inspections
A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1. A Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event 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. A Level 2 inspection is also 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 or replacement or addition of an appliance of dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
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. Our team will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
Level 3 Inspections
When Level 1 or Level 2 inspections suggest 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 then recommended for deeper inspection.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 or 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.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Local Chimney Sweeps!
If you need professional chimney services in the Birmingham area, get in touch with Batts’ Chimney Services to make a convenient appointment that fits your schedule. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and give you excellent service. To get started, submit the online form or call us at (256) 660-1338!