Having an open-flame wood fire in your living room is serious business.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 22,300 residential structure fires occurred in homes every year from 2012 to 2014 as a result of a Fireplace, Chimney, or Chimney Connector fire. That’s absolutely crazy. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has this information published on its website.
WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT CHIMNEY SAFETY
Structure Tech offers level 2 chimney inspections as an add-on service to our home inspections. We initially partnered up with a chimney inspection and repair company to provide these inspections, but we’ve since converted this to an ‘in-house’ service. Our very own Patrick Brennan moved from home inspector to full-time chimney inspector after obtaining his Certified Chimney Sweep designation by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Recently Scott Mahley has also obtained his Certified Chimney Sweep designation by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and has been dedicating a couple of days a week to help with level 2 chimney inspections.
Since we began offering chimney inspections, we’ve become convinced that most wood-burning masonry fireplace chimneys have problems. The problems are so widespread and so serious that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a level 2 chimney inspection anytime there is a sale or transfer of a property.