Chances are that you are in the market for a new home. Whether it’s because your current home is too small for your growing family or too big because the kids have moved out you’ve taken the decision to get a new home. As we all know, a new home is the most significant investment that you can make in your life. Many future homeowners call in a home inspector before buying a home.

A certified home inspector will examine the structure and foundation as well as the different electrical and plumbing systems. He or she will provide a preliminary inspection of the chimney and venting system but usually that’s all they are qualified to do and they are not typically certified chimney professionals that are formally trained in determining existing problems and potential issues as well as the procedure to correct them. Don’t get me wrong I love home inspectors and they do a great job. Some of my best friends are home inspectors. But home inspectors are not required to examine fireplaces and chimneys as thoroughly as other parts of homes.

A PCS chimney technician is qualified to perform all three levels of chimney inspections:

​Level 1

Performed on appliances or venting systems that have not changed and will be continued to be used as they have been in the past.  Our chimney service technician will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior and the chimney connection verifying the structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections as well as for the buildup of creosote and for any other obstructions.

Level 2

When any changes are made to the system such as change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance then a Level 2 inspection is performed. A Level 2 inspection is required upon the transfer or sale of a property or after an event such as a chimney fire hascaused damage to the chimney.

Level 3

If a hidden hazard or issue has been identified after a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection a Level 3 inspection is recommended which is more in-depth and examines the construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Unlike a Level 2 inspection, removal or destruction might be necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or the building structure. Usually components such as the chimney crown or interior chimney wall might be removed in order to gain access to other areas of the system in order to determine a plan of action.

If you want a professional job then call in a professional. A certified chimney professional with over 15 years of experience will be able to identify any issues that you might have with your chimney and fireplace. PCS, your Houston chimney contractor, Keeping You Safe, Keeping You Warm!