Fireplace & Chimney Inspections in Los Angeles
Reliable Services from a Los Angeles Masonry Expert
Southern California may not be known for frigid temperatures, but cold winter nights and sky-high energy bills encourage homeowners all around Southern California scrambling to light up a log in their fireplace. However, over time chimneys and fireplaces can accumulate a wide range of dust, ash, creosote, and other debris that can restrict or even block airflow. The limited airflow greatly reduces your chimney’s ability to expel smoke from your fireplace safely outside, and could possibly start a fire in your home. How do you know if this problem has affected your home? The only way to make sure is to have your chimney and fireplace professionally inspected by a Los Angeles masonry expert who has experience in the repair and design of these systems and knows what to look for and can properly evaluate your chimney.
When the weather starts to cool off and you know it’s only a matter of time before lighting your first fire of the season, make sure your chimney and fireplace are in good working order by having them inspected by a Los Angeles masonry expert. People from all across the Los Angeles Area have trusted Boston Brick & Stone, Inc. to care for their chimneys and fireplaces for 25 years. We understand how dangerous a chimney fire or blocked airway can be, and that’s why we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to make sure your chimney is ready to handle the heavy use that winter brings. You can trust Boston Brick & Stone to take good care of your fireplace system. Our National & State Parks system have trusted us to solve their fireplace and chimney problems since 2008. We have worked on many of the National Park’s chimney systems including the Grand Canyon South Rim (El Tovar Hotel), Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Will Rogers State Park and Malibu State Park.
Schedule your chimney and fireplace inspection by calling Boston Brick & Stone today at (626) 551-4919!
Inspect Your Chimney Before You Light a Fire!
Before you light a fire and enjoy the warmth it brings to your home, it’s important to make sure your chimney itself isn’t a tremendous fire hazard. A dirty chimney can send smoke back into your home, trap heat where it shouldn’t remain, and even potentially lead to a catastrophic disaster.
The National Fire Protection Association has created a standard which they base their chimney inspections on, breaking it down into three levels. While most people only need a simple level two (this requires a camera) inspection, our team is equipped to handle even the more advanced chimney and fireplace inspection jobs.
Chimney inspection levels are broken down and summarized as follows:
- Level one: Inspection of easily accessible portions of the chimney’s exterior and interior.
- Level two: Inspection of all areas of level one, plus inspection of the attic or crawlspace areas which your chimney may pass through to check for cracks in chimney joints or structure. A camera inspection of the flue is required. This level of inspection is advised after major work is done on a house or after natural disasters like earthquakes, and they are required in a real estate transaction.
- Level three: The most comprehensive inspection, which may include removing some portions of the chimney or “destructive testing” for the ultimate in-depth inspection.
A Note About Gas Log Fireplaces
Gas logs are a popular appliance in homes all across Los Angeles. Thanks to our milder weather, many people don’t use their fireplace all that much during the winter, which means a low-maintenance gas fireplace is usually preferred.
While these gas log setups are not usually the cause of house fires in low-use applications, they can and do create a serious risk for carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, which is a huge health and safety risk. A gas log set that isn’t functioning properly can prevent the gas from burning off or venting correctly, resulting in carbon monoxide in your home. If you have a gas system, you should have it inspected frequently to make sure that any and all dangerous carbon monoxide emissions are eliminated through proper burning and venting. Gas log sets can and do cause house fires when they are operated in unsafe fireplace and chimney systems. The law requires the fireplace damper (if so equipped) to be locked in the open position when a gas appliance is installed in the fireplace. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 requires any room that houses a fireplace of any kind to have an audible carbon monoxide alarm in that same room.
How Often Should You Inspect Your Chimney?
If you ask the average homeowner how often they need to inspect their chimney, the majority don’t have any idea. To make matters worse, many don’t even know just how dangerous a clogged or damaged chimney can be! Here at Boston Brick & Stone, Inc., we recommend homeowners follow the NFPA guidelines and receive a level-two inspection once per year, generally before the weather starts to get cold and the temptation to light a fire starts to grow.
If you’ve had serious work done to your house or you’re planning on changing the fuel you use for your fireplace (such as going from wood-burning to a natural gas setup), then we strongly advise you schedule a level two inspection ASAP.
Schedule your chimney inspection today! Contact Boston Brick & Stone, Inc. online now and discuss more about your options.