When you are buying or selling a house, you must go through many steps throughout the real estate transaction process. A professional Level 2 chimney inspection is one of these steps. When you are selling your house, you will be able to give potential buyers important information about the fireplace and chimney system to guarantee these buyers that everything functions properly and safely. If you are buying a home, you can trust Winston’s Chimney Service to provide the peace of mind you need from our chimney inspection service. With chimney sweeps who are all certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), we strictly follow the three different levels of chimney inspections developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in its code NFPA 211, the Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. To prepare to sell or buy a home, our chimney sweeps can give you the highest level of professional chimney inspection needed. We would like to tell you more about the three levels of chimney inspections.


When you schedule your annual chimney inspection with the CSIA-certified chimney technicians at Winston’s Chimney Service, you will most likely receive a basic Level 1 chimney inspection. Our chimney sweeps will look at every accessible part of your chimney system. Parts that will be inspected include the firebox, the flue, the chimney cap, and the chimney crown. To be sure your fireplace and chimney work safely and efficiently, issues like cracks and gaps, blockages, creosote accumulations, and rusted parts are what our chimney sweeps will be looking for in the inspection.


As mentioned above, a Level 2 chimney inspection is required for real estate transactions. This is also the recommended level of inspection when you change your heating appliance, reline or restore your chimney liner, and have experienced an event that could have damaged your fireplace or chimney. You will receive the same service as in a Level 1 chimney inspection as well as an examination of the chimney in the attic, basement, and crawl space. Our chimney sweeps will also address proper clearances from combustible materials.


When a possible hazard that needs a closer inspection has been discovered by the chimney sweeps from Winston’s Chimney Service, a Level 3 chimney inspection will be recommended. A deeper look at the less accessible areas of your chimney is included in this level. To do this properly, the removal of doors, drywall, and even parts of the chimney itself could be necessary. Our chimney sweeps may also have to use special tools and equipment. This level of inspection is also required after a chimney fire.

Are you buying or selling a home? Contact Winston’s Chimney Service to schedule an appointment for a Level 2 chimney inspection.

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109