Did you just buy a home with a chimney? Or have you been noticing unwanted soot or smoke in your home after using your wood stove or fireplace? If so, you’re going to want to schedule a chimney inspection with one of our certified technicians here at Ozark Stove and Chimney.

Many people don’t realize that you should have your chimney inspected each year, after any damage or chimney fire, or when you purchase a home with an existing chimney. Lucky for them – and you – Ozark Stove and Chimney is here for all of your chimney needs in Greene County, Benton County, and more.

What Happens During a Chimney Inspection?

Great question! During a chimney inspection, our expert technicians will check your chimney system inside and out for any potential problems or damages. When it comes to chimneys, though, not all inspections are created equal. There are actually three different levels of inspections. The level of inspection your chimney will need is based on whether there have been changes to how the chimney is used, any modifications to fuel type, any change in ownership, or whether a malfunction or damage has occurred.

  • hands holding a clip board and checking off things on a repair order formLevel 1 Inspection: This is your bare bones minimum requirement when it comes to having your chimney inspected. During this type of inspection, a chimney technician will inspect parts of your chimney system that are readily accessible on the interior and exterior. These are acceptable inspections if your system hasn’t changed at all and if you plan to use it as you have previously. 
  • Level 2 Inspection: A level 2 inspection is required whenever you’re making changes to your system – like changing fuel type, changing the design, modifying the flue, or switching the material in the system. This is also the type of inspection that you need to have done any time a home with a chimney changes ownership. The main difference between this level and level 1 inspection is that special video equipment is used to help our technicians examine all components inside and out, especially the flue liner and joints.
  • Level 3 Inspection: With a level 3 inspection, you get everything that comes with a level 1 and 2, but this level also involves removing necessary components, like the chimney crown or even a structural wall, so the technicians can access all areas that need to be inspected. Typically, this level of inspection is only done when there are suspicions of serious hazards or damage somewhere in your chimney system.

Do I Really Need to Have My Chimney Inspected?

Yes! Trust us when we tell you that prevention is the best medicine, especially when it comes to your home heating appliance and chimney. Your home’s chimney is part of a system that is specifically designed to keep you, your family, and your home safer while you enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a cozy fire.

view looking down into a clay chimney flueDo you remember the Robert Frost poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay?” Well, the idea is the same for chimneys. Their components get worn down over time through weathering and improper burning techniques, soot and creosote buildup can cause issues, and there are a host of other things that can impact your chimney’s effectiveness.

The best way to stay ahead of the game – and to ensure your family is safe from the potential hazards mentioned above – is to have the certified techs at Ozark Stove and Chimney come out each year to inspect and sweep your chimney.

Our techs are experts and have the knowledge and experience to spot any potential issues, then make a plan for getting it handled, so you can go back to enjoying those cozy fires. The other great thing about choosing our crew is that when you have our techs do your yearly chimney service, we include a level 2 inspection. That way, you can rest assured your system is ready to use whenever you want to enjoy it.

You Can Trust Our Techs

When it comes to all things chimney or stove related you can trust our certified techs and friendly staff here at Ozark Stove and Chimney. We have been serving the residents of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas for years and we’re happy to add you to our Ozark family.

If you want a reliable company that does quality work and backs their work with a lifetime warranty – or if you still have more questions about your home’s chimney system – give Ozark Stove and Chimney a call today at 417-201-6585 or request an appointment with us online, so we can get you taken care of.