Level 1, 2, & 3 Chimney Inspections

Looking For Thorough, Dependable Chimney & Fireplace Inspections In Central Maryland? You’re In The Right Place

All fireplaces, stoves, and venting systems require ongoing maintenance, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. Scheduling annual chimney inspections with Trinity Chimney Service will keep you up to date on the condition and needs of your fireplace system so you can enjoy its comfort and warmth for years to come.

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The chimney and fire safety professionals here at Trinity Chimney Service follow the levels of inspection as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA 211 is the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning appliance. This standard of care was implemented to establish a minimum standard that Trinity Chimney Service aims to exceed, each and every time.


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When should you have your chimney or venting system inspected? Here are the basics as outlined by the NFPA 211 standard:

  • once a year
  • after a chimney fire
  • after severe weather or earthquake
  • after an operation malfunction
  • when relining your chimney
  • when changing appliances that differ in type, fuel, or efficiency rating
  • when buying/selling a property (Note: home inspectors don’t thoroughly inspect the chimney. They may use a flashlight and/or a mirror, but a lot can be missed during a routine home inspection.)

NFPA 211 states not just when system should be inspected, but also how.

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What does each level entail?

Level 1: During a level 1 inspection, we will inspect any accessible area of the chimney above the roofline from the roof or a ladder. The fireplace or appliance and all accessible areas around will be inspected as well. We finish all appointments with a video scan of the chimney flue and will provide an initial inspection report for your records.

Level 2: During a level 2 inspection, we will inspect the following areas: the attic, the chimney above the roofline, any accessible areas in or under the fireplace, and other necessary areas. The appliance or fireplace will be inspected inside and out, and we will finish up with a video scan of the flue attached to the appliance. An initial inspection report will be given at the time of the inspection, but a typed report with pictures will be emailed within 1 to 2 business days.

Level 3: This level of inspection will vary depending on the reasoning for the inspection. It could include the removal of permanent portions of the chimney or home, and is reserved for situations when a level 1 or level 2 chimney inspection will not suffice. Our technicians will explain the reasoning and approach once the issue is expressed to the homeowner.

Don’t Wonder If Your Chimney’s Safe For Use — Know It Is By Scheduling An Inspection With Trinity Chimney Service

Knowing what kind of condition your chimney system is in and whether or not any sweepings, repairs, or other services are needed can give you peace of mind and empower you as a homeowner. With an inspection, you’ll know about repair needs while damage is still minor and cleaning needs while soot and creosote buildup is still light. It’s not just smarter, it’s safer!

If it’s been more than a year since your last chimney inspection, you’re moving, relining your chimney, changing appliances, you’ve noticed a change in performance or a problem with your chimney, or you’ve recently had a chimney fire or a severe weather event, give Trinity Chimney Service a call at 443-602-4306 to schedule an inspection.

We’ve been inspecting chimneys for years and we guarantee thorough, dependable reports and advice. Call us today or request an appointment online and see why we’re the premier chimney company in Central Maryland. We look forward to taking good care of you and your chimney!

Chimney and fireplace repairs need to be performed by professional chimney and fireplace service technicians, so give us a call today.